Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

The Zen of Ben

My son Ben is now in the 5th grade. At the beginning of the year, each student introduces themselves to the class by answering a bunch of questions and bringing in a few items.

Ben was working on his questions the night before and one of them was, "If I had one wish, it would be..."

His answer amazed me. "I don't really need anything."

He is such a happy, contented boy. Even when he desperately wants something (like Lego Star Wars 2), Ben always has a great perspective on the important and irreplaceable things.