The next best – are you ever content?
A little over a week ago, our “inspirational quote of the week” was:
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; Remember what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Since then we’ve had the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s. And so on.
At what given point do you realize that you can pretty much live perfectly well without having the “latest and the greatest.” The fact that they garner so much attention for these so-called products – is a fascinating life “case study.”
Here’s what Casey wrote:
“I waited in line for 10 hours for the first iPhone, also waited in line, outside the mall, in 1999 for the Sega Dreamcast. It’s like tailgating. Being excited about something and letting that excitement grow along side similarly minded people. When I went out for the 5S launch I found a lot of that excitement and enthusiasm but I also found a lot of tired anxious people who were waiting in line for reasons other than their own desire for a product. That was a little bothersome.
The scene at the Apple store just before the phones release was also a sight I’d never experienced. Beyond excitement it was closer to hysteria. Encouraged by hundreds of equally hysterical employees in blue shirts. At the peak of that hysteria I stopped and reminded myself what the impetus was for all of this; a new phone. That warranted a head shake and an eye roll. It’s fun to get excited about something, no matter how ridiculous it may seem. I went to the Superbowl once and when the Patriots lost my best friend started crying. I can understand sleeping on the street for a new toy more than I can crying over a professional sports game.. it takes all kinds I suppose.”
I love Casey’s work. However, he hasn’t fully digested the right color pill yet. Nope. Whether it be a phone or a phony spectacle like a sporting event – no one should get so fired up. No more.