"We are so overwhelmed with things these days that our lives are all more or less cluttered. I believe it is this, rather than a shortness of time, that gives us that feeling of hurry and almost of helplessness. Everyone is hurrying and just a little late. Notice the faces of people who rush past on the street. They nearly all have a stained, harassed look and anyone you meet will tell you there is no time for anything anymore."
I feel like this sometimes. Can you guess who wrote this??
Pioneer girl, Laura Ingalls. Granted she wrote this in the latter part of her life after she had, electricity, running water and a phone so she wasn't referring to pioneer America which she is best known for. But it speaks volumes to me that someone circa 1919 would be complaining about stuff and being hurried and harassed.
Can you imagine what she would think today????
Perhaps we always think that prior generations had a "more simple" life and perhaps they have. (certainly they had less stuff) Sometimes I think that stuff does add a level of complication to our lives.
Consider the phone. When people first got phones no one had to consider much about it except the fact that it worked. They all looked the same. Everyone had the same phone. No one cared.
Now we all have different phones and they all look different and they match our decor and they do different things and we need to "research" one before we buy it (I'm guilty of this) and they do more than your neighbors phone and soon they'll probably tell you when to eat and go to the bathroom. And now we use up precious time in our lives, time we will NEVER get back considering every possible thing there is to consider about our d@mn phone. And our ring tone for goodness sake! One day I think my husband spent an hour on his ring tone! (It's his time so it's his business of course) but it's insane.
And extrapolate that into all of our stuff and all of our choices and we spend so much of our lives just considering stuff.
It may be time to reconsider.....