The Simple Life

April 28, 2009
What a Smile!

What a Smile!

When you talk about people out there living the good life, Coleman J. Hall is at the top of the list.

Every morning a beautiful maiden comes to get him out of bed. That same earthly Goddess dresses and feeds him. She makes sure that he doesn’t have too much gas or too little nutrients. He naps constantly throughout the day, seemingly without a care in the world. At night this modern-day Venus bathes him, dresses him in his sleeping attire and holds him close, rocking him until he falls asleep.

Should he need something during the night all he has to do is simply call, and help will come. It’s like 24-hour room service. What’s more, is the whole thing begins again on the following day.

However, I’ve learned something watching Cole living the good life. As long as he’s fed, clothed, warm, with a place to sleep, a roof over his head and surrounded with love he’s happy. He doesn’t seem to care how fancy his bed is, he simply wants a bed. It doesn’t seem to matter much if the clothes he wears are name brand or not, he just wants something to keep him warm.

The make and model of his stroller has never been brought up even once. The same goes for his car seat and his toys. His standards are fairly loose when it comes to food. I’ve tasted the formula he eats and let’s just say it’s not filet mignon.

But, he’s happy.

Obviously, we all can’t live the same way Cole does. We can’t all exist literally without a care in the world. But, his way of life is a powerful example that teaches an important lesson (especially in today’s world with its accompanying uncertain economy).

It shouldn’t take much for us to find real, lasting happiness.

If we have a roof over our head, clothes to wear, food to eat and people who love us, we have more than enough to fill our lives with joy. We need to stop worrying about which name brands we have or what toys we don’t. We need to stop being frustrated that the raises in our paychecks aren’t as high as they have been in the past, and start being glad we have a job at all.

We have to stop believing that we can find happiness by keeping up with the Joneses. Coleman doesn’t even know who the Joneses are. We have to quit competing with others lives and start reveling in our own. We have to quit worrying about stuff and start concentrating on experiences. For, when we die the stuff stays here and the experiences come with us.

So, next time you feel a little down, remember Cole. And, if you’re eating, sleeping, bathing, loved, and not forced to spend an extended amount of time in a poopy diaper–find a way to smile. Find a way to be happy for the simple precious things. Find a way to enjoy the simple life.



  1. Jason, I love reading your blog. You have a wonderful way with words…and an amazing sense of humor!
    Have a wonderful week,

  2. He does too know who the Joneses are!! We stopped and saw him on our way back to Manson when we went down for Aden’s baptism!! So there.

  3. Ah the Joneses just refinance anyway. Grin. You are right. We are way to caught up in things. God gives us so much and we are never happy with it. We just want more and more. If you live life simply then you don’t feel the pinch much during times like these.

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