Q. Where would you like to be?
A. In a place that’s slightly better than where I am now.
Q. Only slightly better? Why not hugely better?
A. Because I’m basically very happy where I am already.
Q. But if you got to a place that was hugely better, would you object?
A. Not at all.
Q. Then why not just shoot for the huge? Why settle for the slight?
A. Because if I said I wanted to be in a place that was hugely better, it would sound as though I were dissatisfied with the place where I am right now. And that’s not true. I’m actually very grateful for where I am right now.
Q. But if you’re satisfied with where you are right now, then why do you need for it to even be slightly better?
A. Hm . . . that’s a good question.
Q. Come on — out with it! Are you satisfied, or are you not??
A. Well . . . maybe it’s a matter of degrees. I’m grateful that things aren’t nearly as bad as they used to be. But I can’t pretend that they couldn’t still be better.
Q. So you’re saying you could be more grateful than you are right now?
A. Yes. I would like to be slightly more grateful than I am now.
Q. In what way could this come about?
A. If my place were not so — stagnant. If there were more of a sense of — forward motion.
Q. What do you mean?
A. Everything seems to be the same — day after day, month after month.
Q. But how can you say that? Isn’t this one of the most productive periods of your life?
A. Productive, yes. But there’s about the same level of productivity day after day, month after month. And the stuff I produce — it all seems the same. Nothing ever changes. I only produce more of the same.
Q. So you need a shake-up?
A. Hopefully not. A shake-up would probably do the trick, but it’s never very pretty in the process.
Q. What about a wake-up?
A. That would go easier on me.
Q. Do you want me to wake you up?
Q. Why not?
A. Because it’s not your job.
Q. Whose job is it, then?
A. I would say, it’s God’s job.
Q. Are you praying for a wake-up?
A. Every morning I pray for a wake-up. It doesn’t have to be a huge one. It just has to make me slightly more awake than I’ve been.
Q. What happens when you’re slightly more awake?
A. I’m slightly more effective.
Q. And what happens then?
A. I’m slightly more grateful. I have slightly more faith. I’m more in touch with hope, and a sense of purpose. And I begin to believe again. I begin to believe in God, and in myself. I believe that there’s a direction. I may not see it, but I still believe. And then my gratitude has meaning. It has basis, purpose, and form.
Q. And then you are satisfied?
A. I am. Any further questions?
The Questioner is silent.