My seven “One Things”

In the 1990 movie City Slickers, Jack Palance’s character Curly tells Billy Crystal’s character that ultimately life comes down to one thing.  Crystal asks what it is and Curly says, “That’s what you have to figure out for yourself.”  I don’t think life comes down to one thing.  At least not for me.  But one thing’s for sure: life is a whole lot simpler than we make it out to be.  As I recently wrote in an email to my brother:

i am realizing that when I listen to my life, it says seven things: think, write, teach, drink good coffee, listen to great music, read great books, and love your family.  everything else i do is the crap I have to do to keep the wheels on.

Life is easier when we know what we’re about.  Since these things are what my life is about, I will spend as much of my life as I can doing these things.  They are things I never get tired of, that bring me endless energy, and that allow me to pour into the lives of other people in the areas where I am most qualified to do so.

As these seven things came sharply into view for me last week, I got up from writing a blog entry one day and said out loud to myself, “That’s the last time you will ever let yourself feel as if writing is a waste of time.”  When I realize that writing is one of the things I am put here to do, I will always view writing not as time spent, but as time invested in one of the callings, purposes, and loves of my life.

So there are my seven one things, the things I care most about and that bring me joy.  What are your “one things?”  I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Wow, Dave … your seven things are my seven things … and I my favorite color is tan, I love poopies … Nice entry!

    • What is a poopie, exactly? Or even approximately? 🙂

  • Anna

    I have to say right now my one things are 1)My family 2)My faith 3)My friends 4)great music 5)great books 6)trying my hardest with school and 7)being a person people can come to but at the same time learning not to carry others burdens on my mind.

  • Jay

    My children and wife, learning, helping others/teaching, golf and coffee. Being right, being the best, being informed and being needed are coming off the list, slowly.

    • I identify with some of your stuff you’re trying to get off the list!

  • Carter

    Dave, growing hair for me is a spiritual gift. I take it granted. Lol

  • My compass is pointed to a few things: 1) bringing happiness to the lives of my children and my wife – being there, loving them. 2) reading 3)working with and helping my customers 4)traveling to Northern Michigan when I can and be surrounded by woods and water…still working on knowing what a good cup of java tastes like relative to one that isn’t.

    • Good stuff, Jack. I love hearing these things from people. We spend so much time talking about our careers and all these external things, but when people simply make a list of what their deepest passions are, you feel like you’re really getting to know something that matters about them.

  • Dana

    A great conversation with my husband over hot fudge ice cream cake, the perfect cup of coffee, learning, sleeping underneath a decorated christmas tree with my kids,great books that blow my mind, a beautiful fall day, friends who love me inspite of who I am and how I fail.

    • Wow, what a trip – so far all of us have said “coffee.” Non-coffee drinkers don’t understand the joy a good cup of coffee can bring.

      • Anna

        Can I add coffee to my list? 🙂

  • Carter

    family (community), helping others, love your family, read, write music, laugh, and of course coffee

    • How can a man have a mustache as supreme as yours without prioritizing it? You make it look so easy, Carter. 🙂

  • Jason

    Here’s what I was thinking this morning:

    Love, Family (community), Creativity, and of course, Coffee.