All of my life I have been “deep.” When I was in high school, people would say to me, “You’re really deep” and I took that as a compliment. Then I went to college and seminary and became a minister. Being a minister is a deep profession. You deal with the serious, the profound. You attend to the meaning, which is to say the fundamental thing that lies beneath other things. You hear stories of crisis and offer up a prayer. You listen deeply and make careful suggestions. When you choose music, you are often creating a soundtrack for the serious events of life: baptisms, ordinations, funerals. When you choose movies, you are often looking for dramas that probe the meaning of life and offer up helpful fodder for sermons.
All of that is good.
But change is good too. And there is more to me than depth! I can be superficial too.
So I have decided to embark on a Year of Living Superficially. To that end, I have:
~ deleted all the serious titles from my Netflix queue and replaced them with comedies
~ resolved not to listen to music by serious old dudes (think Bruce Cockburn, Steven Stills, Gordon Lightfoot) or serious young chicks (think Lucinda Williams or Patti Griffin) or, for that matter, music by serious young dudes or serious old chicks
~ resolved to quit reading any book that is not enjoyable
Let’s see if I can do it!
Send along other suggestions that will help me lighten up, would you?