Those Ponderous Stones postWith all of our technological advances, it seems life has taken a turn toward Easy Street. Not that it’s easy, by any means, and not that Easy Street is any sort of compliment.

I’m sure our forebears had the same difficulty with the invention of the washing machine, but all this technology lately makes me wonder if we give up when a task takes effort.

I’ll tell you where this is coming from: I spent the better part of today working on code. Blogfans will know my struggles with website code and my celebrations (to the point of silliness) when I figure something out. Today could be chalked up in the crowded Frustrations column, codewise, and yet, here I sit thinking about it, mentally going through the motions, and trying to figure out the error or a workaround. Code threw down the gauntlet today and I can’t help but take up its challenge.

Conversely, I can’t help but think about the bite-size, easy-to-take-up, plug and play world we strive to live in. If we can’t figure it out in a few moments, if we can’t understand the layers of complication, the task is tossed aside. We can’t slow down, we can’t be held back.

But think about this with me: Some things still can’t be grasped in one swift motion. And they still matter. Some things still need to be nurtured, and developed, and savored… I know my iPhone 6 is easy to use is because I’ve been here from the onset when the tech was bulky and difficult. I worked to understand it then, and I’ll work through this code dilemma until it pays off because I find, more than anything, that I’m drawn to the puzzle.  And suddenly putting in the work is turning frustrating into interesting.

Delve deeper. Look further. The high road to appreciation is paved with ponderous stones.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. Her current writing projects, including her daily blog endeavor, #Project365, can be found at