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When A Little Is Better

Updated on November 8, 2011

Back To Basics

Years later when I thought I learned so much

I returned to a thought my father told me when I was young

A memory of my dad that I keep with me whereever I go

He has been gone ten years and it doesn't seem possible

Boy do I love those days when I thought my father held all the answers

He would say in a soft voice not to loud so you had to listen carefully not to miss anything he said

He was famous for his one liners

You snooze you lose

Learn the basics and that will give you the foundation for everything you need

Back then I thought as soon as I will learn more I will have more

Then a few years later keeping with my new philosophy

I have more

With all this new found knowledge I must acquire still more

What I didn't notice and now it is easy to see

Every time you learn something new your views on life change

What was good then doesn't mean it pleases you any more

Why not have the latest and the best of everything

I constantly ask myself

I didn't know with anything there is a price

I didn't know it then but now I see this price tag and I think it is seven figures

What seemed so simple has snowballed into an avalanche

My mother and father use to tell me stories how they would go to bed at night and just listen to the radio

I use to think they missed out on so much

Now when I was growing up I had a black and white t.v.

Later a color t.v. that was so much better than that

Little did I know it was the start of a little fire with only one match

Now it would become a blazing forest fire than could consume acres and acres

Almost impossible to put out

Lets turn back time and revisit a simpler time

If we had just the radio to listen to now

We would use are imaginations more and develop an appreciation for words and how they are used

We wouldn't need to show everything visual and every last detail explained

We would learn to process our information using our common sense

We used reasoning and tuned into the powers of thought

Was it really that bad ?

Now I look around me and in every store I see Bigger Is Better

We have created a monster and I don't think we can capture him and lock him up forever

We have the computer which I love so much

As each new computer reveals the newest and the latest Greatest things

I am kind of in a turmoil

Part of me wants to have what is definitely the most incredible thing I have ever seen

Until one month later and new technology found a way to top that

Are we setting ourself up to fail ?

When will enough be enough ?

Now when I look at the t.v."s of today I see the crystal clear picture

So much better than going to the movies years ago

I have been tricked by a false reality

Years ago I had one boss that told all the employees what to do

Today we have a General Manager,the Assistant G.M.,bosses and surpervisors all to tell us to do the same thing

The only thing that has stayed the same is it is the same owner that we are trying to please

In school we were taught different classes to give us a well rounded education

English,math,geography and science

Now I am sure there is so much more

Have we learned more or just complicated our lives with more information ( clutter)

Only time will tell

I leave you on this note

One day two people are walking along coming from two different directions and heading straight for each other

The first person with the latest in fashion designer everything

He is on the newest latest I phone talking away

He has been waiting for a ride and to lazy to walk

Out of breath after a few steps and money burning a hole in his pocket

Looking for the nearest Mcdonalds to eat some fast food

The second person is also walking along humming a great tune

She heard it hours ago on the radio and loved it so much she can't seem to get it out of her head

She is laughing to herself how wonderful the simple things in life are

She has been walking for hours and feels so good

She can feel her body getting the exercise it deserves

Breathing in the fresh air in her lungs

She decides she is hungry and stops at a bench to eat

She pulls out a paper bag with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in it

As she is eating she gets thirsty and notcied a water fountain close by and takes a few sips which leads to many gulps

That cold water tastes so good

Looking at the sun in a distance and feeling kind of warm takes of her plain no name jacket

Wraps it around her waist and continues to eat

She notices that it is starting to rain

A sunshower that probably want last too long

Loving the refreshing feeling that cools off her body instantly

She looks over at the other person

He is about her age and is so so mad

He has been on the phone for a long time now and hasn't taken his eyes off his phone

So he didn't see this striking pretty beautiful girl sitting just yards away from him

She finishes her sandwich which she would of gladly shared

Because she not only had one but two

After a wonderful relaxing rest she is ready to continue walking

She looks over at her simple basic watch and smiles because it has kept time perfectly

She thinks back when her uncle gave it to her just because he thought she would like it

The boy now is starting to swear and has one bad temper

The girl wonders what he could be so mad about on this wonderful summer day

Being so upset and now almost furious dropped his phoe by mistake

As he picked it up it lit up

Then you could hear the nicest thing he has ever said

Thank God...

Then more words that kind of spoiled it

It still works !

Now amused at him and all his actions she can't leave now

She sits back down and pulls out the bible and reads a few lines

Once again beautiful thoughts come into her head

She remembers the day her brother gave her the bible when when she did well in school

She was so excited and smiled all day

Then she looks back at the boy and sees him shaking his i-phone

Work damn you !

You piece of junk!!!!

He tosses it on the ground and said my mother will just buy me another one

After getting wet with the little sun shower

He said could anything else go wrong today

I am so pissed I just bought these sixty dollar designer jeans

Now I will have to wait until my ride comes

I am hungry and hot andI don't feel to good

My heart is racing and my finger hurt from all the texting I did earlier

I think I have arthritis and now I feel a pain in my head

The start of my migrane headaches I really could use a couple of asprins

Which one are you ?

Is it too late to change ?

Have a wonderful day and may all things in life surprise you

From the littlest to the greatest


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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      Eiddwen It was so much fun to remember the past and also enjoy the pleasure of all the hubbers I meet thanks to todays technology.Dim Flaxenwick I made you that sweet girl.I hope you approve.Thanx for sharing.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      This was superb, Dream On. Your descriptions of each kind of person were alive as though l was there watching them.

      As for the message this hub sent. l think it´s a good one for ALL of us to think about.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I thoroughly enjoyed this one DREAM ON ,thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day.

      Take care my friend.


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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      Sunny Day I think we can learn to alternate. Moderation is the key.Mary615 I wouldn't change my life for the world.Maybe just a little bit.There is something about reading that sends goose bumps down my spine.Don't get me wrong t.v. picks me up and shakes me in a different way.I am lucky to have both and I wouldn't want one without the other.Wilbury Steve hopefully I can keep you amused just for awhile before you go back to your wonderful Music.Vinaya Ghimire That was very very nice.I hope we both will learn more and become more because of it.He would do anything to help others.It is nice to leave this world leaving a world of good behind.b.Malin We can change together and how much fun we will have!!bell du jour You bring out the best in me.It is so nice to share a peace of my heart.Thanx to everyone and we can have so much fun with what we have and what new toys we get.

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      bell du jour 6 years ago from Ireland

      Hi Dream on, another lovely poem:-)

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      It's never to late to Change...or say, slow it down a bit. Well written Hub "Dream On". Going Back to Basics would be Fun for a little while. Thanks, I so Enjoyed your Wonderful Thoughts.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      You contemplate on your father, and I feel fortunate because he is with me to guide me into the world with his wisdom.

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      Steve Webb 6 years ago from Great Wakering, England

      A really enjoyable read from start to finish, & I really like the sentiments expressed in it !

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      One of my fondest memories of childhood was listening to the radio on Saturday mornings. I used my imagination, and it was great. Kids don't do that anymore. How will they learn to write if they have no imagination? I get concerned about these things you mention. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to explore through imagination.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      This was such a nice hub Dream On..I too yearn for simpler days. Sometimes my brain gets so overwhelmed at all the gadgets and things that pull me away from a simpler time. It is all up to the individual though..what we allow to take us captive. I just have to learn to sit in the park with that peanut butter and jelly sandwich, leaving cell phone at home more often verses eating at Mcdonalds while looking at my cell phone. Just two analogies that I loved that you mentioned..Thank you for some great reminders..