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Meaningless Drivel Monday: E-conundrum

I’m in the middle of a dilemma.  A conundrum. An e-conundrum.  My Blackberry Torch cell phone is acting up and I cannot decide upon my choice for replacing it.

I like my Blackberry.  My son got me hooked on it when he became the Blackberry troubleshooter for his former employer.  A former Palm Pilot user–remember those?–I dreamed of a device which would incorporate the features of a cell phone with those of a Palm Pilot.  
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And voila!  The Blackberry with its cute little keyboard, the Qwerty, was made available to the masses.  All the high power executives carried them.  I don’t fly much but when I did, it seemed all the suits in first class had their eyes glued to their Blackberrys (ies?) while the rest of us boarded.  The Blackberry cell phone seemed way out of reach to me.  
Until. . .
my son got an upgrade and gave me his old one.
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Now I was in a different circle, on a different plane! (pun unintended)  I had a “cool” cell phone!  Of course I couldn’t afford the data plan, but at least I could type my text messages on the cute little keyboard.  My euphoria and self-importance were short-lived, however.
Apple came out with the iPhone and EVERYBODY who was ANYBODY got one.  I was suddenly one of the old-fashioned, technophobic, fuddy- duddies who refused to move into the 21st century with all the cool people.
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And I have been digging my heels in ever since.

When the new Blackberry Torch came out with its touch screen, I couldn’t wait to get one.  At last I would be equal to the iPhoners.
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But according to them, it just isn’t so.  I’m on my second Torch now, and it is time for an upgrade.  My children have been exerting mild pressure for me to just give in and get an iPhone.  But I don’t want to be one of the iGeneration.  “Broad is the way that leads to destruction,” the Bible says in Matthew 7:13.  I want to stay on the narrow path.  (I doubt that Scripture is referring to cell phones.)

Then there is the new Galaxy S4, an Android.  When I was growing up, an Android was one of those robots on Star Trek that looked exactly like a human.  
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Now it’s a cell phone.  I know a couple of people who have one of those, but they are not impressed with the battery life.
Plus, it’s kind of big to be sticking into my bra when I don’t have a pocket.
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So, I am vacillating between sticking with Blackberry, getting an iPhone, or trying an Android.

It’s a dilemma.  A conundrum.  An electronics conundrum.  An e-conundrum.  And it’s mine.  I like the sound of it.  I may milk it awhile.

XOXO
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Teacher Tuesday: FOLK Magazine 2013 Journal Challenge

Today’s challenge prompt (no doubt inspired by St. Patrick’s Day):  Do you believe in luck?  When have you found a rainbow and a “pot of gold” at the end of a gloomy day?

I’ll address the first question first.  No, I don’t believe in luck.  What? Why?  If we believe what the Bible says about the providence of God, and I do, then there is no room for luck.  The Bible teaches that all things are engineered by God, in His time, and for His purposes.  Oh boy, that opens up a can of worms.  You mean God engineers bad things, like the attacks on 9/11?  Like abortions?  Like horrible accidents, painful disfigurement, and sickness?  Like war, hunger, torture, neglect, and abuse?

If you read the book of Job, you find out that God allows suffering in order to bring about His purposes.  He did not invent sin, but through sin, suffering and death entered the world.  He doesn’t cause bad things to happen, but He does allow the consequences of sin to take their course.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 6:23.  Study the books of Genesis and Exodus, and read the books of Job and John if you are interested in delving deeper.

So, instead of telling someone “Good luck,” I should say, “May God’s will be done,” or “Go with God.”  
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As for when I have found a rainbow and pot of gold at the end of a gloomy day, that’s an easy one.  I remember coming home to my darling babies at the end of a hard day at work, and there they were, my little rainbows who brought me tremendous joy as I saw their little faces.  I still find my rainbow when I come home to find my husband already home, and when my three dogs greet me with wagging tails and rejoicing.



The pot of gold at the end of a gloomy day is my beautiful family and my humble home.  I am indeed blessed, and I will never take that for granted.  Thank you, Lord!

XOXO




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AT HOME MONDAY: To the East Coast from a Southerner

Today was not a good day for those on the East Coast of the U.S.A.  Tomorrow may be even worse farther inland.  Hurricane Sandy wobbled into our homeland today, and she did it with a vengeance.  Not only that, she chose the most heavily populated region of the country to make her appearance.  The cities along our Eastern shore are even collectively called Megalopolis because it is like one huge city, especially if you see the lights of our Atlantic shore from space.

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The images on TV don’t begin to explain the devastation that is being felt.  As cameras record the collapse of homes, roads, businesses, and beaches, I wonder about the people whose lives are represented by those properties.  For many who evacuated as advised, there will be no home to return to, no work to report to, no road to drive, no “same old same old” to resume.

I guess my message is this, and it is to myself more than anyone who might be reading this:  when I complain because my floor coverings need replacing I need to remember that at least my floors are not covered with three feet (or more!) of filthy water.  When I complain about my raggedy furniture I need to remember that at least it is still dry and comfy.  When I dread cleaning my house I should remember that at least I have a house to clean.  And when I complain about the endless little things that irritate or annoy or require something of me, I should remember that I have a warm home, a car to drive, clean water to drink, and grocery stores with full shelves.  

We have so much to be thankful for.  And not that we should be boastful, but that we should be deeply grateful for what God has given us today, for the blessings we have today, because we don’t know what may come tomorrow.  We don’t know when our homes might be washed away, when our food and water may run out, when illness or death may greet us.  These thoughts would be scary indeed if we didn’t know the One who promised to be with us “always, even unto the end of the world.”  (Matthew 28:20)

So, I would say to those along the East Coast who are facing loss, injury, and devastation:  turn to the One who gave you all that you have.  He will see you through.

XOXO