In 1991, H. Jackson Brown, Jr. published Life’s Little Instruction Book, a little book that reminds us what we should do and how we should act to live a happy and successful life. It is not a very big book, but it is chock full of wisdom, such as “Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.” The original book is 160 pages. One hundred sixty pages to give us instructions for life.
A couple of days ago we bought a new digital camcorder to replace our old one which still uses tapes. It is a tiny thing, weighing only ounces. I can fit it in the palm of my hand. We did not get the kind with all the bells and whistles because our main purpose for using it will be to record my husband and me talking about our life. These conversations will then be burned onto a disk and included with the annotated picture album I’m working on. So we bought the least expensive one we could find that had a good consumer rating.
When I got it home and took it out of the little box it came in, I found that it had only a very short “quick guide” to get me started. It suggested I download the full instruction book from the Samsung website. That full version is now on my iPad. All 113 pages of it. I am on page 30 now and am just learning how to insert the memory card. At this rate, I will finally be able to shoot some video two weeks from next Tuesday.
I’m actually afraid to even use this little camera. The first twenty pages are filled with warnings. I am particularly fearful of the icon to watch out for that means “there is a potential risk of death or serious injury.” There are so many functions and settings and don’t-do-thises that I’m wondering if I should increase my life insurance. Makes me miss my little Brownie camera.
I find it interesting that the instruction book for Life has only 47 more pages than the manual for this video camera. I’m not afraid of Life. I’m terrified of my camcorder.