Is Your Peace of Mind Worth $600?

What do you do when something doesn't quite do the job any more?That computer isn't quite fast enough to run those programs. That knife isn't sharp enough to cut through all those thick pieces of food. That car is starting to cost you more than it's worth.Upgrade it.My previous computer did the job when I bought it. I kept loading new programs and this and that and before I knew it, it wasn't very fast any more. Then the hardware started to go. It would run for a while then shut down at random times. At first I thought I could handle the frustration. I was saving up for my trip to Australia and I didn't want to buy another computer.What I didn't realize at the time was that every single day I'd be working on the computer and it would shut down or not save something properly. Every day I'd be frustrated with it. It would start to leak into other activities. I didn't want to do anything on the computer because it might shut down on me. I didn't want to do some of the things I love doing because my computer didn't work properly.One day I had had enough. My patience was gone. I was ready to throw the computer out the window. If it didn't have important files on it, I would have smashed it to pieces right there. Instead, I went and did something that I should have done long before.A shiny new computer replaced the old junker for 600 bucks. Not cheap but not very expensive either.I'd definitely say that the computer I got may or may not have been worth $600. It probably was. What was worth a hell of a lot more than $600 was my peace of mind. The feeling of sitting down to work on the computer and not having to worry about anything shutting down or getting erased is amazing. Now that I look back, I would have gladly paid 3 times what I did so I didn't have to worry about what I was doing every day.What do you have to deal with every single day that you could upgrade and stop worrying about? What price would you pay not have to deal with something any longer?  

The Wondrous Cheese Slicer

I don't think I knew how to spell wondrous before I wrote this post. Now I do. And... moving on.There are few things in my day that I use all the time and stuff look at them in wonder.Most of the things I see and use every day get boring pretty fast. They are new for about 4 minutes and then they just fit in with everything else around the house. Yes, they serve a purpose but they certainly don't ignite the same excitement they once did. My iPhone still does impress me regularly. Things like lamps, knives, pots, books, cameras, and couches, not so much. I'm happy that I have them otherwise I'd be sitting on the floor and trying to cook things in the sink but they're not that exciting.One thing I do look at every day and smile is the cheese slicer.See, I used to cut my cheese with a regular knife every single time. No matter how many pieces of cheese I cut, they would all be different. Sometimes they would be thick, sometimes they would be thing and sometimes they would be both. One side would be fat, the other fading off to nothing. Depending on the knife I used, some of the pieces fell off nicely, others would stick to the metal and would break into tiny bits with one pull.Then my girlfriend introduced me to the cheese slicer. It was love at first sight. The idea is simple. You slide the slider along the end of the cheese block and a perfect, evenly sized piece of cheese would come curling off. Wow.I sure wasn't looking for this incredible invention but it found me and every time I use it, I can't help by smile. Instead of cursing over umpteen more unevenly cut pieces of cheese, I can get on with my day knowing that they will all be perfect.Take a look around and see if there is anything that frustrates you even just a little bit. Can you change it at all and get rid of that frustration? Trust me, every little thing is worth it.