An editor of a (non-commercial) spiritual magazine asked me to write an article for the upcoming issue. A friend had suggested to her that some of my HinesSight postings might provide fodder for the article, and she found my Mini Cooper ravings, which she thought might indeed be massaged into something approaching a mixture of humor and wisdom—likely more the former than the latter.
I took her advice and just finished my mini opus, “Secret of Happiness Revealed.” It ties together the gist of several of my postings into an examination of the deeper meaning of Mini Cooper longing. Much research, ten minutes at least, went into the article, including a thoroughly enjoyable visit to the “build your own” page of the Mini web site. There I learned that the Tiptronic/Steptronic transmission apparently is not offered on the Mini Cooper S, though I previously thought that it was, thereby saving me from extreme embarrassment if I had left in this feature as one of the desired elements of my Mini dream car.
I also decided to use Google to see how many other people in the world were, like me, publicly (on the Internet) asking God to bring a Mini Cooper into their lives. Somewhat disturbingly, I found that a search of “god mini cooper” brought up my own weblog as the #1 divine-pleading Mini Cooper site. One guy, damn it all, thanks God for fixing him up with his car, as if I want to know that the Almighty is answering the prayers of other people before me.
Hey, what gives, God??!! What good is the supreme Good if selfless requests such as I am making are not granted expeditiously? By “selfless,” I mean that the spirits of countless drivers and pedestrians will be raised when they see my racing green Mini Cooper flash by, reminding one and all that life is meant to be lived joyously. My current Volvo wagon does not convey that message, and it bothers me that I’m cheating passersby of the opportunity to be uplifted automotively. So bring it on, God. As I say at the end of the article, psychological research suggests that a Mini Cooper won’t bring lasting happiness, but I sure am willing to serve science and investigate that hypothesis.