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Updated on July 28, 2019

People Don't Want To Know How And Why It Works

They just want a fast result

Technology has made us lazy

All this information

Everything you could ever want and think of

Is suppose to make us smarter

Has done the opposite

It has made us dumber

When I was growing up

To learn a meaning of a word

We had to pull out the ten year old family dictionary

Then look the word up

There we skimmed through the letters

If we got the vowels wrong

The word could not be found

So we had to plug in a different vowel

Then if we got lucky

We started seeing words that looked right

Then all of a sudden

The page slipped from my fingertips

I had to look through each page again

When I was just a page or two away

Then there it is the word

I was looking for

Multiple meanings and I have to read each one

Sometimes I would learn something new

Other times I would be reminded of a word I knew

But over time I temporarily forgot

This is just one example

Another thing is knowing what time it is

Years ago you wore a watch

If not you had to find a wall clock

You could ask someone else

Do you have the time?

They might say something like

It is quarter of 4

Half past 2

Ten of 3

A little before 5

Digital wasn't popular yet

So you depended on both the big hand and the little hand

When I was small

I couldn't wait to grow up

To see all the technical advances in every field

Now that I have seen the changes

I never expected them to take a turn for the worse

People have become more lazy and sloppy

Expecting to know

Aggravated if they have to wait

It's a pitty

If they had to do it the old way

How fast they would know how good they have it








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      • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        Brenda Arledge Today was errand day. Finishing up what we couldn't do on a work day. My wife and I have Wednesday and Thursday off. That is our weekend. We slide as much fun in two days as possible. After a long day of going here and there, we came home to rest. I felt more like a pinball being bounced all over the place. I hope your day was special too? Thank you so much for reading and laughing. A little humor can go a long way. Have a relaxing night.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        Thanks for digging a little but deeper.

        I so enjoyed reading this...relaxing is great. My life, my way, my choice...great words.

        Enjoy the rest of your day.

      • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        I found many times in life I get hooked on taking life too seriously. Then problems come out of the blue. My attitude changes and I am more critical of everyone and everything. I have to relax take a step back. I found if I think of myself as a bird flying high in the sky looking down at the same situation instead of in the thick of it, I get a much better life and a great result. Example, things happen in work that I want to be different. I have little or no control over them. The more I stress out about it the more I become aggravated and more depressed. Managers are going to do their job. I have to do my job. I have learned to spend my time on my own life instead of fully in work where I get limited results. Each day we get older and one day our life will be over. If we spent every day trying to make work the best it can be and our job disappears tomorrow what do we have? Nothing left to give and no place to give our passion and our work too. If we go to work and do a good job and leave work at work. Then take every extra moment and passion, love, deep desire on our own family we have developed something really special. Then if work closes it's doors like so many other businesses across the country. So it is not that unusual. We pick ourself up and pull together as a family and find another job. Our family will always have our back where work is work. Good today is gone tomorrow. Family is what is important and that is where our energy should be spent. It is where we get the best results. When I say family I mean your group of small friends that care and enjoy each day with you. Any relatives that you share love and kindness with. The people in your life that make you ultimately happy even if you lost everything. That is where love, caring and all my effort is given. For me, it is in writing and sharing with the lovely writers who believe and think the same way I think. For it is how I deeply feel. I have just scratched the itch and now I have to go deeper. When I smile I feel the secret joy that lights my fire. That joy is worth all my time and dreams. Thank you for reading and sharing. I may have gone too deep but sometimes we have to dig right in. Then there are times I love to just float on the surface and ride along the shore. Enjoying a little taste of every day. Like a little toast with butter and jelly or peanut butter on it. It fills me up and when I am ready I go in a little deeper. My call, my decision, my life. I have to thank you for responding. Our lives get busy and can pull us in many directions at once. It is up to us to decide where we want to be and how to be the happiest in this second and in every moment forward. Many people don't talk about what I see and believe. So I write out my mind as if it was a page of print coming out of the printer. I love when the page flips out of the printer and on to the floor typed perfectly. Then so many times I have had a paper jam and say to myself what is it now? Out of ink? Is the printer on its last leg? Did I copy the wrong thing? I have more questions than answers. (lol) Now that is why I have to take each day with a grain of salt. I don't always have the time or the money to buy a new printer. So I play with the old one. Try to fix the problem. Come up with temporary solutions to old problems. In the end, share my problems with the world and see if they are also struggling and cursing the very print we see. Now I have gradually learned how to copy and paste. That took me forever to learn. Everyone else knew but me. I guess this is like one of those times you fell asleep in class. Then the teacher said this is on the test. Ooops I have done it again. Not necessarily the right way but my way. Have a super day.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        Yes, the lighter side of life is where I need to be.

        Enjoy your day.

      • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        Brenda Arledge After I read my story over a few times and make as many corrections as possible I hit publish. When people find mistakes I laugh and say how did that one slip through my fingers. Sometimes I leave them on my hubs because it makes the story. Sometimes there is the language used when I was a kid that wasn't proper but it made the story. This was an oversight. I know my writing is different than most articles in the newspaper. My mistakes are sometimes a reminder to me and the world that everything in the world is never perfect and we can try and try but in the end, we are only human. This should be a positive instead of a negative. o want to embrace life and each day not hide from it. Computers do so many good things for people. it is sad when computers take away jobs that people need and love. Thank you for reading and enjoying the lighter side of life. Happy writing.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        No biggie about the mistake, I almost thought maybe it was on purpose...as some writers do that to make a point.

        There us a free spellcheck on your hubpages where you insert text. I believe it is abc. It doesn't change the word for you, but lets you know it is misspelled.

        I try not to pay for things unless I have too.

        Enjoy writing and love each moment of the day.

      • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        Sunshine Tibod I think the goodwill always outweigh the bad. So it is up to us to keep concentrating on the good and fixing the bad. We do this over time and hopefully, our mistakes are small and easy to correct. Then on the other end, our accomplishments our big and grand. Sharing and caring about each other separates us from animals. Hopefully, we will always hold out our hand instead of walking away. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Each one is much appreciated. I hope your day just keeps getting better and better.

      • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        BRENDA ARLEDGE Here is an example of my mistake and the first thing I do is ask Google How do you spell aggravated? I write my poems first and I had Grammarly on my computer that corrects most of my errors. I have the free version. Not sure if I will use it enough to make it worth paying for it every month. They stopped and had me resign in to continue still looking for a sale. I didn't pull out the old dictionary. It is funny. My old dictionary is packed away in a box. So because of this reason and many more my writing is probably not the best. I know what I want to say. I sound out most of my words phonetically. Somehow aggravated sounded like it should be a i sound not a a sound. It is all in my pronunciation. Thank you for your help and support. It is always welcome and appreciated. I know I stilI make many mistakes even after all my corrections. I have to hit published or I will never get it complete. I slowly run out of time. I know in my mind that my writing is better than it was but not perfect. I guess that makes me human. I can laugh at myself. Love me for my mistakes as well as my best traits. Thank you for reading and sharing. Happy writing. We have only just begun to scratch the surface of what we are capable of. Let's dig even deeper. In this case, I dig a huge hole like a dog and I never know if I will be able to get out. (lol)

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        Another one that is so correct. I remember the days of using that heavy dictionary.

        Also in todays schools the children use calculators, laptops, etc...I don't believe we are teaching them to think with their brains. How is this learning?

        Great write, good message.

        You might want to spell check this word, "Aggrivated"

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        Shing Araya 

        2 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Agreed! Technology is sometimes an adversary depending on how or who uses it. Great work.

      • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        Gypsy Rose Lee They say you can never go back. Life is always changing and you have to change with the times or you will be extinct like the dinosaurs. I will be the first person to tell you I don't like every change I see. Then it takes me a long, long time to adapt. I know I would been just a fossil in a museum by now. Well. luckily I haven't had to make any big decisions like packing up and moving halfway around the world. You did it. I don't know-how. I keep trying to learn from other people but it still takes me an awfully long time. I better stick to writing. Thank you so much for all your support and help. Have a beautiful and amazing night

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        2 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Technology is both good and bad. I still have some nostalgia for good old rotary dial phones and if I had a landline at home I would purchase one. The best thing technology has provided me with is the PC so I can contact with the world outside.

      • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

        DREAM ON 

        2 months ago

        Lorna Lamon The funny part of it that by today standards the dictionary I used had only outdated information that is no longer valuable. There was also a set of green encyclopedias that held my life in it. Even older but they were used so much their bindings became worn and lose. There is so much I don't even know about. Today they have grammar checker and until just recently I now have it on my computer. I have the mini free version. Before I sign up and get something I really don't need. I am having fun. Learning as I go. I hope these new advances don't replace me the writer. I laugh but tell that to cashiers that are no longer needed at grocery stores because now they have a self check out isle. Jobs are being lost. Computers are replacing real people. The strange but funny thing is that people are trained to use computers to do just that. Thank you for reading and sharing. I hope today you have more energy and desire to conquer new projects that you wish.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 months ago

        I have to agree technology even with all its benefits has made us lazy. I can remember a time without mobile phones and guess what I survived. Even today I still reach for the old dictionary even though the computer would be a faster option. I feel that technology has added to the anxiety I see each day and in particular social media. There is a lot to be said about a time when finding the solution the old-fashioned way instilled a sense of pride. I thoroughly enjoyed this thought provoking poem. Thank you for sharing.

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