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Bill Kalmar

Quality Insider

Life Needs a TV Remote

If only we could rewind or mute life

Published: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00

One of our greatest inventions was the TV remote. Before this clever invention, we had to rise from our cushy chair and walk to the TV to change the channel or adjust the volume. With the TV remote, we are able to change the channel, raise or lower the volume, pause or record a program, fast forward, rewind, or mute the action. Wouldn’t it be neat if we could do the same in real life?

Think about it. How many times a day do you hear someone make a comment or statement for which they have to apologize? Those people need the rewind button so they can rethink their comment and make a new one—perhaps one more positive.

Aren’t there people who you encounter, perhaps at a sports event, who are yelling loudly and maybe uttering blasphemies at the umps, that you wish you could silence? That’s where we need a remote life-mute button.

During the upcoming political season, we will hear debates, view ads on TV, or hear them on the radio. Perfect time for us to use the fast-forward button on the content so we can totally avoid all the talk, mostly about nothing. Of course, any discourse coming out of our nation’s capital these days certainly would be a candidate for the mute button.

How about those times where one of our children or grandchildren say something so sweet or comical or heartwarming that we want to hear it again? This calls for the life rewind.

As a senior citizen, I sometimes ask people to repeat a comment because I either didn’t hear it clearly, or I was so confused that I wanted to hear it again. Ergo—the repeat remote.

We all would like to know what the future holds for us. Perhaps a fast-forward button would provide a glimpse into the future, and thus we could look at our fate in life. That button would also be useful for buying Lotto tickets or betting on sport events.

So there you have it: A great invention for TV viewing and a better invention for everyday life. My wish to everyone is that there will always be moments that you would want to rewind and replay. Right now, though, I hear a dog barking somewhere down the street in our subdivision. Where’s my mute button?


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Bill Kalmar

William J. Kalmar has extensive business experience, including service with a Fortune 500 bank and the Michigan Quality Council, of which he served as director from 1993 through 2003. He served on the Board of Overseers of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and has been a Baldrige examiner. He was also named quality professional of the year by the ASQ Detroit chapter. Now semi-retired, Kalmar does freelance writing for several publications. He is a member of the USA Today Vacation Panel, a mystery shopper for several companies, and a frequent presenter and lecturer.


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Hi Bill: just to tell you I had always enjoyed your posts and this one is not the exception!

Kind regards from Mexico.

Alfonso Guerrero