I live in a household with too many remotes. I admit that we have a lot of “toys” between the husband and I and sometimes those items come with a price. In this case the price is having a bunch of remotes.
It may not seem like a huge thing but it is. To turn the television on and actually be able to watch a show of any kind is an exercise in patience. There is the television remote, the receiver remote and the Dish Television remote. Add to those a remote for a dvr if watching a movie, an Apple TV remote if using the Apple TV and a Roku remote and I never seemed to have the right remote.
I am all about simplifying my life at this point and while I love being able to access each one of those avenues of entertainment it seemed excessive. There. I said it.
Aaron, our youngest, has always had the gift of helping the parental units out when it comes to simplifying things and he suggested that we buy one remote to control everything. Oh we have tried those before unsuccessfully but finally he found the perfect one for us and the great thing is that he set it all up for us a couple weeks ago when he visited. He chose the Logitech Harmony Smart Control Remote for us and it has been the perfect solution.
One button, folks, one button turns everything on. When was the last time I was able to use one button? I can’t remember. Even better there is an app I downloaded on my phone that works perfectly to access every function so now I don’t even need the remote. To say this has changed my life seems a bit dramatic but it is true.
I know I am privileged to have all of the things at my fingertips. Trust me. I do know that. I know that none of these things are vital to happiness or a fulfilled life. I don’t take my blessings in my life lightly and I hesitated to even write this post. But to say that my life has been changed would be accurate.
Children are good for a lot of things. Adult children are really good for helping out with house projects and dare I say getting us to clean out and simplify our lives. Aaron even fixed the front door that I had been whining about since we moved into this house late last summer. Bam! Now it closes and there can be no accidental cat escapades outside.
So tell me. If you have adult children what have they helped you with? Do you have any stories of how ordinary turned into extraordinary like my remote experience?
I agree with the saying that our children are our future. Especially when it comes to programming universal remotes.