I recently had a co-worker challenge me on the "usefulness" of the Fifth Pocket. The discussion quickly degenerated into a definition of usefulness and I got frustrated that he seemed committed to make my 2.5-year Fifth Pocket companion seem foolish.
He isn't wrong. He claimed that his four other pockets, his brief case, and his other miscellaneous pockets on jackets serve him just fine.
I was challenged with defining why I think the fifth pocket is so valuable. I knew it was, but I didn't know how to articulate it in the moment. A few days later it dawned on me - I don't care about the Fifth Pocket. I care about people. The Fifth Pocket pushes me to consider what random things I can carry so that I can make people's day a little better - or more fun.
The Fifth Pocket opens up a world of creativity that the other, more normal pockets, do not inspire. If you are able to bless other people with random things with your four other pockets, then do it! But I bet you seldom get the chance to bless someone with some Chick-Fil-A sauce while they eat their Raisin' Canes chicken tenders. The Fifth Pocket is about surprising people with really useful things. Who will you surprise, and with what?
The Value of a Library
My Father-in-law and I were once perusing the Rice University Library. He (a lawyer) saw an obscure book on a very specific practice of law and he made a comment to the effect of, "Good libraries have the most specific, obscure books." 99.9% of people will never need that book, but the power of the Rice Library is that it has a catalog of very specific books that very specific researchers might need. The more particular the books, the more valuable the library.
I believe this is somewhat true of the Fifth Pocket. The more particular your item, the more valuable it is.
My current contents
Wireless headphones, wallet, mini-journal, 2 pens, 1 sharpie, balloons for balloon animals, a balloon animal pump, a pair of one-day contacts, napkins, insurance cards, gift cards, cell phone, mints, micro-fiber eye glass wipe, alcohol hand wipes, floss picks, and business cards.
What will be in yours? #thefifthpocketchallenge
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