Today’s Gem of Gratitude #96


Today I am thankful for computers. Our world has become so technologically advanced and technologically dependent that we use electronic devices so much that we often do so without consciously thinking about it. Think about it. When was the last time that you actually sat down and wrote a letter by hand and then took it to the post office to be mailed? When was the last time that you pulled out your trusty typewriter and manually typed a paper, form, or other document? When was the last time that you stopped at a payphone and inserted change in order to make a call? Wait, do payphones even still exist? If you are like most of us, the answers to those questions are probably a little fuzzy right now.

Cell phones, laptops, and all manner of other electronic devices have now become the go-to items in our everyday lives. Even now I am typing this entry on a computer – no typewriters for me – and to do so is entirely second nature. I remember the experience of typing on an electronic typewriter as a little girl. I thought that it was fun to plug it in and type fairly effortlessly until I had to pull out my little strip of whiteout that had to be manually inserted between the paper and the typebar (and, yes, I did have to look up that term) in order to erase any errors, at least until we acquired an electronic typewriter that possessed an auto-delete feature. I guess that in their own way those were the good old days.

However, though I do have a lot of respect for where we have come from and the standard items that have been so useful to us throughout the past, it would be dishonest of me to imply that I do not appreciate the leaps and bounds that we as a society have made in the area of electronic devices. And of all of those devices my computer is one of the devices that I utilize the most (second only to my cell phone, but then again that’s the norm nowadays, right?). I appreciate the fact that I can pull out my computer and type a quick e-mail message to anyone anywhere and send it to them and have them receive it practically instantaneously. I am thankful for the fact that I can type documents through multiple drafts within the same file and then print it out, attach it to an e-mail message, upload it to a website, or whatever it is that I need to do within a matter of minutes. And do not even get me started on how much more frustrating and time consuming completing assignments would be for school and for work if we did not have computers. My appreciation for the time and energy saved in that regard alone is more than enough to make me want to kiss my computer.

So the next time that your computer acts a little strange just remember that it is simply seeking a return on its investment after all of these years. #lovebythedrop

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