I thought about all the equipment that makes up the trappings of modern society. As I started to list all the modern conveniences, my thoughts were, the more we have, the more we have to go wrong.
Maybe what sparked this whole vein of thinking was the snow-blower, with the leaking gas line, that the king of procrastination has to get fixed. Oh yes and there's the water softener, that is flooding the brine tank and not really softening the water. The three wheeler that won't start, and needs to be disposed of.
But then I also also remembered all the things that are working and working well and making my modern existence comfortable. Let's see there are the two vehicles, the lawn tractor, the push mower, the rototiller, the washing machine, the dryer, the dishwasher, the microwave oven, the oven, the fridge, two freezers, the air conditioner, the pump, the pool pump, the sump pump, the furnace, the dehumidifier, the stereo, the TV's, VCR and DVD players, the computer, the printer, vacuum cleaner, chain saw, whipper snipper, hedge trimmer, chop saw, garage door openers and the hot water tank. Whew, I'm tired out just thinking of all the labour-saving devices I actually own.
Any one of these items begin to malfunction and our lives slide into major inconvenience mode. We probably can't go more than a couple of days without vehicles. A week without the major household appliances would be reasonable grounds for divorce in this day and age. A season without the lawn and garden equipment, would have us reclassified or maybe just certified as red necks.
But then what about all the little gadgets: camera, cell phone, hair dryer, curling iron, hair straightener ( I wouldn't miss that one), dust buster, toaster oven, coffee maker, tea kettle, can opener, circular saw, electric drill, jigsaw, flash lights, answering machine, remote controls, clocks, phones, electric toothbrush, clippers, and razor
If any of these smaller items go on the fritz, we don't really panic. We just toss the offending item, rush out and buy a new improved version with ten times the capacity or speed, complete with all those useless bells and whistles, that we'll never need or take the time to learn.
"How many of our problems are a result of abundance and plenty?"