We often forget to be grateful for the little things, I think. In the Sixties, remembering to do this was called "stop and smell the flowers." We rarely do that nowadays. I'm not talking about praising locomotion or penicillin here — nothing that moves the masses or revolutionizes public health. Rather, the more trivial, 'minor inventions' that make life just a little bit better.
Here are my Top 10 at the moment, in no particular order:
2) Contact lenses - especially when I'm sweating bullets on my spin bike at the gym, wiping my brow profusely with a thick towel. Nobody enjoys working out with eye glasses on, do they?
3) The Maxi-Cosi. New mothers: you will appreciate the gift of not having to unstrap baby out of one seat and into another every time you need to go somewhere.
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4) Pill cutters. I remember watching my German in-laws smashing their tablets with kitchen knives. How delighted they were with this ingenious little contraption!
5) The iPod - As comedian Patton Oswald has so eloquently said (ahem...), compared to vinyl and tapes, all those songs on that tiny little thing is a fr#&% miracle, and nobody cares!
7) Lego - hours of creative fun, without the TV on. Enough said.
8 ) the Sports Bra. Batten down the hatches! No wonder women weren't doing aerobics in the 1950's.
9) Pen injectors - on the diabetes front: Man am I glad for these injection devices that look more like ball-point pens than scary medical instruments of puncture.
So in the car on the way to school the other morning, I decided to put the question to my 10-year-old, who generally thinks pretty big.
"What do you think are some of the world's greatest inventions, Honey?"
"Oh, cars I guess. If we didn't have cars we'd all just be on horses all the time... and money — definitely money!"
I guess she gets it that without money, you're limited in the number of conveniences you can enjoy. TouchÃ©.
Anybody care to share their personal take on the world's best 'minor inventions'?