Words from Dic(tionary)
Agog: (adj) very eager or curious to hear or see something: e.g. the tourists were all agog to see New York
I told her she did good work.
She replied flatly, “It’s just my job.”
She was my waitress at the restaurant, and she had done exceptional service to us, worthy of praise and a good tip. She just didn’t realize how valuable and rare she was.
As I finish Tour 2013 across this country, may I share with you a recurring reality? Something has died.
The carcass doesn’t stink enough yet for people to be aware, but it won’t be long. We have gone from being a nation which at least occasionally would be “agog” about our lives to being bored individuals who look at everything as “agig.”
We have lost the spontaneity, the humor, the adventure of solving problems and just the sheer joy of surviving a little bit of hassle in order to manufacture a victory which we can proudly initial.
I’m not exactly sure what we want.
- Movies are bigger and more expensive than ever, but don’t have legs. People just don’t talk about them.
- Music is over-produced, over-discussed and overwrought, yet does not create the simple stirring caused by a single Dylan guitar.
- Government is more prevalent, but certainly less proficient..
- Churches have become transfixed with the notion of “mega,” while simultaneously settling for a “mini” cultural influence.
We saw it coming. For after all, about fifteen or twenty years ago we decided to stop being impressed with anything. We called it “sophisticated.” “Laid-back.” We referred to it as “maturity.” We thought we were extraordinarily cool when we said, “I’ve seen that before.”
So on my part, I have made a conscious effort to avoid looking at anything as “agig,” but instead looking at it as “agog.”
Staying in motel rooms, I have learned to cook with only a microwave oven, making elaborate casseroles and meals. I am impressed with both the results and myself.
I am agog that people are still willing to come out from their homes and experience something new–something they’re not even sure they understand or will appreciate.
If we’re going to arrive at the full fruits of freedom, we must never cease to be in awe of the idea. For the only true way to ever lose your independence is to take it for granted.
And the only way you will ever be devoid of joy … is to stop looking for happy.