I know that the theme of my blog is "A Journey in Contentment." I know I'm supposed to be content whatever state I'm in (Philippians 4:12). But here are some things I'd probably have difficulty living without:
* First on my list is Diet Pepsi (although Diet Coke is OK in a pinch). I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, so this is my preferred source of caffeine.
* Music. I am constantly humming some song in my head, or listening to music on my iPod or CD player or radio, or playing my guitar, or drumming my fingers in time to some song in my head.
* 24. It's my favorite TV show. It's going to be tough waiting until January '07 to find out how Jack is going to escape the clutches of the Chinese.
* Movies. I love them. But it's NOT true that I've never seen a movie I didn't like (as many at UPC keep saying about me!).
* Dental floss. I think one of the marks of aging is that I'm constantly getting food stuck between my teeth. If it stays there long enough I get a toothache, and then a headache. Floss is the most wonderful invention at times like that. I have 3 dental floss dispensers: one at work, one in my car, and one at home. So I'm never very far away from my floss. Even if I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, it is there.
* Panera Bread. I spend most of my weekdays in several places. Two of those places are Panera Bread restaurants in Orlando.
* Fox News. Although I must say, I'm getting to the point that I can't watch or listen to the news for very long. Still, Fox News is the cable news network that I can stomach the longest, and I think they are pretty fair and balanced . . . for conservatives like me.
* My foam pillow. I don't like most pillows because they are too soft. But this one is "just right."
* Thorlo socks. They are the best thing for running and working out in. When I don't wear them I get blisters.
* My family. My wife Suzy is still my best friend and the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. She knows my love languages and speaks them. And my kids are just the greatest kids in the world. It has been so wonderful now relating to them more as peers than as kids. I know what the apostle John meant when he said, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (3 John 1:4).
What about you - what are some of your essentials? (And don't feel like you have to say the spiritual thing. I'm assuming you know we can't live without the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, prayer, Bible, church, etc. I know I can't.)