Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival – this week’s word is: New.
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What’s so Great About New?
I think I thought I was being really clever when I scheduled last carnival’s word as ‘old‘ and this time’s as ‘new’. I wasn’t. I see that now. It just made the word harder to write for. I’m sorry….
What’s so great about new things, anyway?
To be honest, I really don’t know.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE new stuff. I like shiny new things, particularly if they’re electronic devices… or cars. I love getting deliveries. Seeing Fed Ex or UPS turn up outside the house is always exciting – especially when you have a memory like mine and can never remember what you’ve ordered.
But the shine quickly wears off and the wonderful new things that held so much promise always turn out to be just something new to mess up, have to clean, break and get frustrated with.
Every time I get a new phone, I’m excited for the first couple of hours and then I soon come to realize it’s just a device for making calls and wasting time. It’s nothing to write home about (or even to CALL home about).
New laptops are wonderful… until I’ve spent five hours loading all my software onto them and slowed them down to a snails pace just like the old one.
Maybe I’m getting older and wiser. Maybe I’m maturing – or maybe I’m just getting cynical but new is beginning to lose its appeal.
Old and reliable is beginning to trump new and exciting. I’m seeing increasingly that I yearn for old-fashioned values, morals and ethics over new ‘more advanced’ ones.
New will be good when it comes in the form of a new roof which doesn’t leak… but it will lose its lustre pretty quickly when the bill comes.
Where possible, I’ll stick with the old, I think. After all, as King Solomon says:
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
…although if someone wanted to buy me some shiny new toy…. 😉