Get back to the basics

Published 12:49 am Sunday, March 22, 2015

For Lawrence County residents, it has been a long, cold winter. Luckily, spring has officially arrived and for me personally, I am ready for the temperature to warm up, smell the fresh cut grass and get outside.

Practicing indoors all winter with my softball team has allowed us to work on the fundamental aspects of the game and get better as players and coaches, but as another season approaches, I can’t wait to get back outside onto a field.

I, along with most people I talk to, are ready to just be outside and not cooped up in a gym or house because it is too cold or the ground is covered with snow or water.

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While getting outdoors will be a great change of pace, the time spent working throughout the winter was invaluable because in order to improve, I wanted to get back to the basics.

In this technology driven world we live in today, sometimes we try to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.

Various aspects of our lives would be much simpler if we just went back to the basics, whether it is making a decision for a new product or service, to developing some new technology that the world has never seen.

Don’t get me wrong here, I am all for efficiency and enhancing our way of life. But, all too often, we see things that may look good on paper fail because the idea was misguided and over thought.

Most of the products and services we still use today were developed decades ago and are still relevant today because they still use the basic principles.

Sure, there may be some small tweaks along the way, but the guts are still the same.

This is also true for our government, as we find that many political leaders want to be the one to come up with this great new idea for our society. Some work well, but the majority ultimately has little to no positive impact at all.

For centuries, people relied upon their ability to learn and adapt because of the basic lessons and principles they learned as children.

It is time we all get back to the basics as a country, and I think we will do just fine in the years and decades to come.


Josh Morrison is the general manager at The Tribune. To reach him, call 740-532-1441 ext. 16 or by email at