This is a wonderful era to be privileged to be alive in, and I want to share some reasons that I think this is so.
*Communication is more accessible. I can remember when it took a long time to get in touch with a relative or friend overseas. We even had to book a trunk call in advance if we were going to get in touch by telephone. Now I enjoy interactive communication with loved ones daily and I can see them on camera.
*I find it exciting that I can find a passage or word in the Bible just by typing it in E-Sword or Bible Gateway or other online sources.
*People are learning more about free enterprise and developing their own family businesses, using online resources. We used to depend on catalogs, and there were not many of them, so our choices were fewer. Today there is more competition and a variety of prices to choose from, for any household need.
*Tea time is now part of our culture. I can remember when the tea cups sat on display in tall cabinets and no one every touched them. Now there are tea rooms everywhere and people are also serving tea foods regularly at home. It provides a pleasant way to share our homes with others and extend instant hospitality. Anyone can find crackers and cheese, or bread and butter with jam and serve it with hot tea. It is not something that is limited to experienced cooks.
*There are more women interested in being homemakers, making life comfortable for their husbands, and creating wonderful memories for their children.
*More ladies are getting interested in teaching others to quilt and sew, cook, clean, and show them how to make their homes desirable places to live.
*There is a lot more giving and sharing. Many people I know are eager to pass on things they do not need anymore. With more women staying home, they are available to aid others by showing hospitality at home or taking something to someone in need.
*Transportation and mail delivery are better.
*Natural health care is promoted more.
*We have a vast knowledge of the past available to us and can adopt any good thing from any era into our lives today.
*Cameras and other technologies are available to everyone, not just a few. Magazines used to be published by only a few companies, and now, there are so many more people who publish their own magazines, plus all the blogs that are online magazines. An average person can produce his own video, and the photography from ordinary cameras is so much better than in the past.
*The new technology provides access to preach the gospel in places that the average person might never be able to go.
*In our country onions, leeks and cucumbers are available year-round. Those who read the book of Exodus might appreciate that.
*More women are recognizing that they do not have to spend a lifetime in a career and that they can spend that time at home, helping in the destiny of their famlies, guiding the house, and showing hospitality.
*Women are learning to sew or showing interest in learning to sew their own clothes and household things.
*One thing I especially like about living in this era is that many of the things that were once high priced and unavailable to people, are now surfacing in discount stores and second-hand stores, and other places, making it affordable to have some things that were once considered luxuries only for the well-off.
*Household things are more convenient. Floors in cold northern areas have radiant heating (warm water pipes) and insulation is better for hot and cold climates. My favorite store is the hardware and home improvement-building supply store. The new things amaze and delight me. Pull-out drawers in shelves, and ovens at waist level (so that you do not have to bend so far), as well as fridges with ice machines---these are all things not available to us way-back-when. Home living is much more convenient, clean and comfortable.
*There is so much more information and help available for those who want to grow food or create appealing landscaping around their houses. Garden centers are huge these days. I can remember when seeds were ordered in the mail. Now, you can pick out the plants you like after seeing them in bloom, and you can find many garden plans photographed in color.
*Roads are well built and maintained, at least here in the U.S. and Canada. I can remember when you did not know what lay ahead on a road, but now there are regular reports about the condition of highways.