McKenna Justice Elaine
The challenge of Day 2, by Liz Danzico: [If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tracks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence?]

Today is a newborn warm smile with secret dreams of the present. 

Privileged to have a private chat with month old McKenna, I held her close feeling for my warmth.  I asked her opinion on the economic downturn, health insurance and world peace.  Her answer to each question was the same; she looked in my eyes, flashed a quick Yoda-like smile and placed a small finger on her cheek.  Then, she went to sleep.  That same smile flashed a few times reminding me that she knew what the very, very most important thing was and at that moment it was deep, restful, peaceful sleep with dreams perhaps of being held close and a full tummy.

In McKenna’s world there were no worries right then.  When she wakes from her nap, there will probably be whimpering and then later loud crying if someone doesn’t come and satiate her needs quickly. Her needs are fairly simple, though, and mostly easy to figure out by process of elimination: formula, burp, diaper change, rocking, sleep and repeat.

Reminds me (I know my brain takes leaps sometimes, just go with me) of the multi-millionaire movie director who gave up his mansions to live in a double-wide mobile home.  Tom Shadyac, who directed several hit comedy films with Jim Carey as the star, has been quoted as saying he looked around at all his things and realized they didn’t make him any happier. So he gave a fortune away and simplified his life. His documentary, “I am,” chronicles his personal journey and the “world’s ever-growing addiction to materialism”.

Shadyac and McKenna would probably agree that it would be better if we all took a newborn approach to life with simple needs, satisfied easily.  The older we get the more complex our “needs” seem to get. They seem to mix, in our minds and lives, with needs to where we can’t seem to tell them apart. Nor, do we want to.  Perhaps it’s the “want to” we need to work on.

Love to know your opinion. Do you think we should be satisfied with less?