Convenience or Quality

Is Convenience All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Living a fast-paced life like we do here in the U.S., we don’t usually stop to consider how something of convenience stacks up against quality.

We are involved in so many things. We have work, school, play, families, and social commitments to think about. The outcomes that we desire are indeed our focus but not how we get there.

Quick Meals

For instance, if you have children you definitely want them to have healthy meals. So, after a full day of work and school we feed them.

Many times we stop at our favorite fast-food restaurant and pick up dinner. It’s quick. It’s tasty. It’s totally unhealthy.

And if we don’t do take-out, we feed them things that we have heated up in the stove, such as a popular “meal-in-a-box.” These are filled with preservatives, genetically-modified ingredients, food dyes, etc.

Even though, it saves us some time, is it truly better than if we’d taken a little more time to throw a few items in the crock pot and come home to a truly home-cooked meal from scratch? Those few items would provide much more nutrition than the meal of prepared items that contain ingredients to extend shelf life but not necessarily your life.

Care-free Clothing

How about our clothing. Yes, it takes much less time to throw a synthetic fiber item into the dryer after a quick wash in the washer and get a wrinkle free garment in return.

But, is it worth the health detriments that also comes with it.

Wrinkle-free garments whether synthetic or not are coated with chemical substances such as formaldehyde – a known human carcinogen – that we breathe in and absorb through our skin.

A 100 percent cotton shirt may require some ironing and take 10 more minutes to make ready for wearing. Yet, your health is worth that 10 minutes. Right?

These are questions that I think most of us have become too busy to ask. But, I think we really should slow down enough to ask them. What do you think?

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