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When NASA first planned to send up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity.

To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $1.2 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass, and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 Celsius.

Zero Gravity Pen

Confronted with the same problem, the Israelis used a pencil.  (If you go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_gravity_pen it explains why the pencil really wasn’t a good idea though)

Someone forwarded me this online a few weeks ago.  It made me think.  Why do we go out of our way so often to make things more complicated than they need to be?  I think we’ve gotten too programmed by society to do everything bigger and better than the person or persons before us – that we tend to over-think everything.  Sometimes we just need to take a step back and simplify.  Sometimes the route from point A to point B can still be a straight line.

Find pleasure in simple things again.

Can you think of an example in your life were you’ve gone back to basics and gone the simple route?

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