Recently I was frantically trying to get all my lost contacts for my North Texas Babysitter referral service to reappear on my iPhone 4s after a recent upgrade and they were deleted mid upgrade. During this process I ended up heading to the Genius bar at the Apple store to get some assistance.
While there I had to go through a series of tests and a continuous stream of clicks of the, “I Accept” button. Very quickly I had racked up a unknown sum of agreements to fine print I had no clue what entailed, I just need my contacts back on my iPhone! This made me think as I clicked, “I Accept” again, and I made a joke that Apple could be putting in the fine print that, “I Accept” to give away my first born child to the company at age 14, and then the family dog by the fourth “I Accept” button and so forth and no one would know until years later when they came to collect whatever it was “I Accepted” to get my contacts back in 2011. I then had a brief sense of panic, what if that was really in there? Clearly that wouldn’t be in there, right? Even in my own business I have an “I Accept” button when you join to become a member of SeekingSitters of North Texas. What are you accepting and did you read the fine print?
I can tell you no. From my own experience, sometimes we are so fixated on getting the desired result of what we want at the time; we are not sure or care at the time of the “I Accept” button. Then I started to think about Marriage, would we think of this the same if we had to go through the courtship and ups and downs to get to an “I Accept” button? Would we be so accepting if there was fine print in our relationships? How about having a child? In labor right before you deliver, a box pops up and you have to say, “I Accept” . Then in the fine print, it says it all… “I Accept” a lifetime of raising this child, the chance that my body may not snap back to how it was, caring for this child at all hours of the day and night at any age, supporting this child, driving this child around to endless sporting events, teaching this child right from wrong, and raising a good citizen. Then in the even smaller fine print, “I Accept” that my home might not be perfectly clean or as organized as a Pottery Barn catalog, or all my laundry is clean and put away? If this was the case, I am not too sure how many people would sign up for this option in life if all the fine print came with an “I Accept” button. But then again, who reads all that fine print anyway, right?
I did accept everything Apple asked of me to get my contacts back that day and walked out of the store wondering what I had accept and when it might come back to get me. I got in my car, turned the key and on the dash was a button that I see daily but forgot that I have to click before I can use my radio while driving my car, “I ACCEPT”.