In the last couple of months, I have seen updates to a variety of Google services, including Reader, Gmail, and Blogger. All of the online applications now have the same feel. Now the products all "drive" the same way. I am surprised how much I like the new Blogger interface after only a couple of days.
All of these small updates has gotten me to thinking about my ancestors lives again. Today I am wondering how my ancestors dealt with change. There have been some huge advances in the last couple of hundred years. Could you imagine seeing your first automobile? Airplane? Washer and Dryer? Computer? My great grandmother, Effie Bender, was born (1892) four years after Karl Benz started selling his first cars off the production line. Effie died (1974) five years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon. In her 82 years, Effie definitely saw great change! I would love to be able to interview Effie and find out what she thought of all of the new technology she saw in her lifetime. Did she accept these new ideas and products with open arms? Or was there resistance?
I have heard many times "change is inevitable." Some people look forward to change, some cringe at the thought. I try to embrace change and go with the flow. I think that change is part of a continuing education in my life.