In the middle of an ordinary everyday moment, sitting in the living room putting on my boots, I glanced across the room at one of the game system consoles that the kids use. There were no controllers plugged into it, and staring straight back at me were 4 oversized circular ports where each controller plugs in. They have a “D” shape to them as you can see in the picture, and they are very rugged and simplistic. What’s interesting is that not only does the “D” shape prevent plugging the controller in wrong, the circular design also protects the pins in the controller plug from being bent or broken. Twist it any way you want, and press as hard as you want, but until the “D” shape is lined up, nothing gets plugged in and nothing gets damaged.
I got to thinking about what’s behind that design. At first there are high-level considerations that are very easy to see:
- The design simply shows you how to plug in the cable.
- It keeps you from plugging it in wrong, or damaging it while trying.
- It’s just good design. It’s some engineer’s job to accomplish #1 & #2 above.
- If the video game company didn’t pay attention to things like that, then parents would eventually stop buying that system if their kids kept breaking it and they had to replace or repair it. After one repair I know I would be tossing it out the next time.
OK, that’s high-level. Underneath that there is this: That design brings JOY to children every time they plug it in and get it right. They can play their video game. Forever. This is actually a very old system, and my kids still enjoy it.
So that’s really my point today. Something that we might not give a second look at actually has a much deeper purpose in life. It delivers invisible joy. The recipients are unaware of the mechanism, yet, they experience joy nonetheless. Now, children have a lot of invisible care and provision given to them, of which they have no idea how those things happen, or that they even need to happen. Food, clothing, shelter, and keeping them on schedule are a few basic examples. But what about you?
The older we get, the less invisible joy there is, to a great extent. We’re taking care of ourselves, now. We’re on our own. Although it doesn’t disappear thanks to family and good friends, it does get more difficult to find, and to experience. And therein lies the call to action today.
What invisible joy can you go out of your way to engineer today? What would it take to bless someone with that? Are you up to it? What invisible joys could you give gratitude for today, ones that you are overlooking in your everyday hustle and bustle? Take a second look at the ordinary all around you. Invisible Joy is everywhere! Be a part of it.