This morning it started with thinking of leaving a Post-it on my door to alert a neighbor where I was, in case she came by. This reminded me of meeting a man who worked at 3M, a long time ago, who told me it was an accident when the Post-it was created. The inventor was experimenting to create something else.
This started a trip to the past. I remember typing with a manual typewriter and I had to literally erase my errors. The mother of one of the “Monkeys,” a former singing group, invented “white out.” We had to use carbon paper to create copies – then the Xerox machine was invented (young people know them as copiers.”). And typewriters went from manual, to electric, to word processor, to computer, to the wonders we have now.
I grew up not knowing if I had missed someone calling me on the phone, until they called back. Then someone invented an answering machine. And phones began their wonderful journey to where we are now.
Invention and creativity are still a marvel and so often overlooked. With the speed everyone is moving, whether personally or professionally, we tend to take everything for granted – EXCEPT those brilliant people who see a need and create something to fill it. They are the ones we see on Facebook, occasionally, with things they have created to make life better.
My little blog is calling out “Congratulations, Good Job, and Thank You” to all of those “inventors” who have made life better for all us.