Remainders of the Dave


I’m not really big on the whole having-goals-in-life thing.

It’s not that I’m lazy or unambitious.

It’s just that I’m not creative enough.

There’s rarely been a period of my life when what I could have hoped for would have been better than what actually ended up happening. God’s more creative than I am.

Instead, I believe in working each day to put yourself in the best place possible that day. That way, when the doors open, you’re ready to go through them. And the doors are more likely to open in the first place.

And I believe in smaller goals. Not the “what I want to do when I grow up” type stuff, but the “I want to go skydiving” type goals.

BUT …

If …

Just if …

If I were to admit to having a real goal in life, and I’m not saying I do, I’m just saying it’s something that seems like a good candidate for the job …

… save for the fact that I don’t know I could accomplish it, which seems like an important factor for a life goal …

… it would be this:

I want to be remaindered.

I want for somebody to be able to go into their local big-box chain bookseller, and go to the discount book section, and find, there, with the markdown sticker on the front and the black marker line on the pages, a book by David Hitt.

A bit silly, perhaps, but it requires something on my part — writing more books — and is somewhat of a measure of success — Homesteading Space didn’t print enough copies to be remaindered.

I’ve been saying for a while that I like the idea of this goal, so it was very cool to me when I went into my local Books-A-Million and saw the sight in that picture.

A book that includes something I wrote,on a remainder table.

I just wrote a few words for the book. In fact, arguably, just one.

And it fails the main requirement of having the name David Hitt on the front.

(Even if it does say David.)

But, hey, it’s a start, right?

4 Responses

  1. Love this! I thought I was the only one in the whole wide world that didn’t have or set goals.

  2. Ha! I, too, got a perverse little kick the first time I saw a CD I played on at McKay. (Local secondhand book and CD store for those not in the ‘Noog.) I can’t explain it either. I guess there’s something about your creation having enough staying power to be available for sale, rather than out in the free bin (or the dumpster).

  3. Hey — it was cool the first time I saw “Homesteading Space” in a local used bookstore, too. Meant somehow that real people had bought it.

  4. It is a start. And you’ve got plenty of life left to be remaindered. :-)

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