Monday, March 2, 2009
Louis CK and the Simple Life
I still don't have a cell phone. I lost one about 3 years ago and never replaced it. People keep trying to get me to get one. People keep asking me how they can get ahold of me quickly...and you can't :)
Which reminds me of a story:
When I was working as a Community Relations Manager at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, our music manager said they had someone come in to the store asking for me and had a question. They tried to get ahold of me but were only able to get Tammy (my wife) on her cell phone. She said they were a little irritated at not being able to contact me. I said I was sorry but they can leave a message at home and I would have got back to them. She said, "What if it were an emergency and we HAD to reach you." I replied something about "how our business was selling books and not brain surgery so there would be no instance when they would ever HAVE to get ahold of me."
Anyhow, you see where I'm going with this.
With the economic crisis hitting hard on many families, it has been a good opportunity for people to re-evaluate what is important in their lives. CNN reported the other day that the number of people requesting information on how to become a Franciscan Friar has rose dramatically.
I'm not surprised. It may be time for everyone to take a look at what is really important in their lives.
This clip, featuring comic Louis CK during an appearance on Conan O'Brian, highlights this return to simplicity as well as some wonderful pokes at our often over indulgent, narcissistic, fast food culture.
Lately, I've been making a point of just being content and thanking God for the things in my life I so often take for granted; A wonderful healthy family, a climate controlled roof over my head, a job that pays the bills as well as debt, food in the fridge and after a hard days work, a glass of wine. Really, what else do we NEED??
One of the advantages of having moved to a developing nation is that the "little things" becomes so special. An English magazine, taco seasoning, or a cup of coffee from Starbucks take on a whole new added appreciation.
Oh, and by the way, I still have NEVER sent a text message.