Steal Something Casual

arthurOne of my favorite lines from the movie Arthur is when John Gielgud says to Liza Minneli, “Steal something casual.”

We all want something that we can’t afford from time to time.  We can’t afford a pair of shoes, a watch, a dress, flying first class, eating at an expensive restaurant, trapeze lessons.

Most of us learn to live without things that we want.

Some of us are simply devoured with desire. Desire is a thing in itself; it’s a big thing that comes to live with us and nibble at our ears, wrists and ankles.

I don’t have big desires for things.  There are no shoes, dresses, watches or headbands that I crave.

I like getting enough sleep and having enough thinking time.

If you really want something that you cannot afford, don’t steal something formal, fancy or casual.  I’d suggest learning to not want it.  The Buddhists might be right; desire does not bring us happiness. Stuff doesn’t bring happiness. A good night’s sleep, a long run, a day of writing, or a great night out with friends or a night home with Mark—any of those rings my bell.  It’s best to keep the bell ringing as simple as possible.

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Published in: on March 1, 2015 at 12:03 am  Leave a Comment  

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