Everything’s Amazing and Nobodies Happy Podcast Notes

Louis CK was the first one to make this statement on the Conan O’Brien show.

When I was a kid we had a rotary phone. You had to stand next to it and dial it. You would hate people with zero’s in their numbers. Then if you wanted money you had to go in the bank and it was open for like three hours and you had to stand in line and write yourself a check like an idiot. Then when you ran out of money you’d say “Well, I guess I can’t do anymore things now.” Louis CK

Vanity Fair interviewed the comedian to get some perspective on what he meant.

It’s definitely spoiled us. When you have a slightly slow signal on your PDA, or it takes more than 30 seconds to download a picture of Axl Rose on your iPhone, and that irritates you, something is very, very wrong. “This is too slow!” Well, why wouldn’t it be a little slow? Why do people think that they’re owed a perfect day as a consumer? The phones are as good as they are. But Americans feel like it’s in the Constitution that our phones should work perfectly all the bleeping time and that we get the most bang for our buck. We think it’s literally a human right, like it was mentioned in Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man” or something….

Cell phones. It’s amazing what this one little device can do. Ten years ago this didn’t exist. The iPhone was introduced June 39, 2007. Before we had this before 2007 we had to carry a discman, a phone directory, an alarm clock, a computer, a map, a calculator, a camera, and an album for all of our pictures.

Now we don’t have to wait for any answers to any questions. I can push a button on my phone and ask it “Who’s Gibby from iCarly” and it will tell me. The answer is Noah Munck. I’ve met him by the way.

I get mad at my phone all the time. The GPS doesn’t work. My service is too slow. Siri gets it wrong when I talk to text.

Three Guarantees about Technology

1) Over the course of your lifetime you will continually be amazed at the advancements of technology.

2) You will also be continually amazed at how each of these advancements won’t lead to you being happy.

3) You will notice how each advancement leads people farther away from each other

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (Written from chains)

2 rumors about joy and happiness that we all tend to agree with

1) I cannot be happy unless I’ve got it all together

I want my life to be all together. I want all the pieces to fit.
I want my clothes to be in style
I need my makeup on
I want to have cool shoes
Mentally I need to be in a good place
I need to be rested, healthy, strong.
I need to be in shape

Ruth Graham Bell’s gravestone
End of construction, thank you for your patience.

2) I can’t be happy unless my circumstances are right

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances Philippians 4:11

How you know you’re a mom.

* You’re willing to kiss your child’s boo-boo, regardless of what body part it happens to be on.
* You have time to shave only one leg at a time.
* You hide in the bathroom to be alone. (Honestly, who’s done that?)
* Your kid throws up and you catch it.
You get up at 5:30 AM and you have no time to eat, sleep, drink or go to the bathroom, and yet… you still managed to gain 10 pounds.

Two Steps to a happier life

1) Do a technology fast

2) Be on the lookout for something to be joyful about today