I’m sure you’ve heard of the “Dummy” books before. Ya know, the bright yellow books that can teach you how to do pretty much anything? I’ve used some of them before…HTML for Dummies, Guitar for Dummies, Facebook Marketing for Dummies. And I’ve gotta tell you, they’re great. In depth, easy to understand, step-by-step instructions for whatever it is that you want to learn how to do.
For instance, when I first started working with the company I’ve been with for the last 1 1/2 years, I had to learn HTML. I don’t know if you’re a techie person or not, but I definitely wasn’t…at all. In fact, I honestly didn’t even know what HTML was. But my boss explained it as kind of a different language that we use to make our content appear online, and even his explanation sent my head spinning. It was scary and overwhelming and new, and I didn’t even know how to even begin to learn this thing.
So I decided to hit up my local bookstore and see what I could find. I quickly came across the section of Dummy books…I mean, how could you possibly miss an entire section of bright yellow books? And come on, an entire section of books meant for dummies?! This section has my name written all over it! I finally found what I was looking for: HTML, XHTML, and CSS for Dummies. I made my purchase and headed home to do some reading.
And here’s what I learned…
HTML. (Haha, JUST KIDDING! I mean, yeah, I learned HTML, but that’s not really the point of this story…)
Everything I needed to know was right there. It was black and white. There were simple step-by-step instructions. There were examples and practice lessons and practical knowledge that helped me understand this beast of a thing that I was trying to learn. It took something so complex, so scary, so intimidating and overwhelming and made it simple and easy to understand. It broke it down into bite-size pieces that were easy to digest. This book really was meant for dummies.
Today I use HTML every day in my job. It’s no big deal. And I get to learn more of it every single day (usually when I break something or accidently delete something and I have to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it).
I have often wished that someone would make one of these books for life. Ya know, Life for Dummies. Think about it…how great would that be?? Life is big and complex and scary and intimidating and overwhelming, and it’s never easy to understand. There’s no table of contents, no practice lessons. There’s just life.
I’ve always felt like a big dummy when it comes to life. I’ve always felt that I’m stumbling around trying to find my way in the dark without stubbing my toe on the furniture, and I still somehow end up opening the door to walk into the closet instead of the hallway.
When you think about it, it kinda makes sense. I mean, we’ve never been here before. We’ve never lived this day before. We’ve never been where we’re going. Everything is new. And when I think about that, it makes me realize…maybe I should get the Life for Exceedingly Dumb Dummies version instead.
Haven’t seen that one in your local bookstore, have you? That’s because it doesn’t exist. That’s because nobody has lived your life before. Nobody has lived this day before. Nobody has been where you’re going.
But don’t worry, there is good news!
Life for Exceedingly Dumb Dummies IS REAL!!! I found it! Maybe not under that exact title, but I can assure you, this is it!
Everything you need to know about life is in there! It’s black and white. There are simple step-by-step instructions on how to handle every situation. There are examples and practical knowledge. It takes something so complex, so scary, so intimidating and overwhelming and makes it simple and easy to understand. It breaks life down into bite-size pieces that are easy to digest. This book, my friend, was meant for dummies like me!
This book shows me how to navigate even the most difficult situations in life. It tells me what to do and what not to do. And *bonus* it even helps me troubleshoot issues that come up unexpectedly.
I’m telling you, if you’re alive, you need this book! Even if you think you’re not a dummy…you need this book!
What is it? The Bible, of course!
((And by the way, from here on out, I will be referring to my Bible as Life for Exceedingly Dumb Dummies.))