basic2-277_new_badge-128In all honesty, this might be my favorite word. New anything. New Team. New Focus. New Adventure. New Title. New Book. New Album. New Church. New Life. New and Exciting (let’s not get carried away here.). Every single one of those phrases gets progressively exciting as whatever the “new” thing is rolls out of the idea phase.

I’m an idealist. I love thinking about what new thing could be the latest step into a more idealized world. New suggests a level of energy and some sort of movement towards something better.

The problem with new is that it requires change. It requires putting energy into something that you weren’t putting energy into before. To some, that is exhilarating and brings energy to their life. To others, the idea of new is draining and not exciting to think about – AT ALL.

The reality is that idealists like me need a dose of reality sometimes. 

Most times, this has to come from someone who doesn’t like the word “new” as much. We need someone to be the “brake pedal” to our “gas pedal.” If we can come to the place that these two can work in harmony, “new” things have the best possible environment to actually happen.

  • Tim

    First, I don’t dislike “new”. No, not at all. My wife introduced me to a movie called Sabrina many years ago. It’s a romantic movie. In it, the lead character is photographing property for her wealthy, spoiled boss so that he could list the property for sale. During this exchange, he instructs her to just photograph it all. Her response is excellent… “Sometimes more isn’t better, it’s just… More.”

    I think the same goes for “new.” Sometimes new isn’t better, it’s just… New.

    In my life, I try to temper the desire for new with these concepts;

    -is it needed? If not, it is probably best to pass it up. I have observed that new that’s unnecessary, even gratuitous usually fails to satisfy us much sooner than new that was genuinely needed or even old that was, dare I say it? Yes, “good enough.” I think that our culture has banished the concept of “good enough” because it suggests that we are not progressing. Inherenent in this attitude is a truly distructive concept – wastefulness. My grandfather lived thru the Great Depression. He KNEW what true need was. He grew up as the lucky child. As the oldest, it was he who received 1 NEW pair of shoes, 1 NEW shirt, 1 NEW pair of pants once a year Etc… His little brothers got his hand me downs. My grandfather died wealthy. However, to his last day he embraced the idea that something OLD with a little modification and spit and polish could often be better, more effective and certainly more economical than something NEW.

    -is it better? Obviously, things wear out. In those cases, new is better. But, most of the NEW that I want is not driven because the old is truly worn out. There’s a part of me that WANTS an iPhone6. I REFUSE to give in to that desire because my 4s is working just fine, has all of the features I need, and won’t enhance my life enough to justify the cost. Apple understands that there are people out here just like me. I know that I will eventually have to upgrade my iPhone, but it won’t be because I’ve worn my 4s out, it will be because Apple has embraced new features in OS9014 (yes, I do believe that if the Lord tarried, there will certainly be that many versions of the Aplle OS) that cannot be applied to the 4s hardware, making my handset obsolete. NEW features that I don’t need but will still be uber enthusiastic about because it’s new (like I said earlier, I like new).

    -why do I want it? This one shuts me down way more than I like. Too often the answer is ” because so and so has it, and it is really cool.”

    -can I afford it?

    Is the cost justifiable?