No matter who you are, where you are, or what you have, there is probably some part of you that is left wondering “what if” concerning given situations.
What if things were different?
What if I was with someone else?
What if I had more money?
What if I was as pretty as she?
What if I hadn’t made that stupid mistake?
We all want things. Hope and wish and long for things. But if we did obtain it, all of it even, it is highly likely that eventually, wanting something else would surface. Always wanting more, wanting different, better, greater, bigger. Never having quite enough.
So, then I saw this earlier.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want. It’s only natural to want things. However there really is a difference between wanting…. and wanting what we actually do need, wanting “right”, wanting to keep those things in order. Essentially there are four things that we all need – food, water, a healthy state of mind / intellect, and reciprocated love/care. And those four things are intended to work together, giving you the capacity to give and to serve others. At least, that should be how it works… and it makes me very sad to know how many people are lacking one or more of those four things.
When wanting loses balance or falls too far outside the realm of necessity, there is potential for a person’s entire existence to suffer, for the mind to become clouded with desires and inferiority complexes and jealousies. Those things, too, are natural to some degree, but wanting right can help eliminate them.
WHAT ARE THE RIGHT THINGS?
It’s not possible for me to create a list of right things to want. We’re all individuals and we’ve all walked different paths. But I think you know you’re wanting right when suddenly you see the world as a bounty of opportunities to do something good, something big, something that will make others want to do something good, and all of it without any expectation of reward or recognition. You know you’re wanting right when you can look around yourself and smile at what you’ve come through to get where you are, and that there is still so much room for more. You’re wanting right when you make efforts to expand your mind and improve the way you function and communicate with others.
The simplest things can change the entire world, and you don’t have to prove any of it to anyone for those actions to feel validated. Doing something for the person in need will be all the validation you could ask for!
“THE SEASON OF GIVING”
I understand tradition, as this time of year is deemed the “season of giving and gratitude” (or something like that). I’m sure you’ve heard this argument before, but why must there be a season devoted to giving? Shouldn’t we be living our lives from a place of gratitude and giving, every day? We even tend to compete with one another and what is being given or feel less significant if we can’t give as much as someone else does at Christmas. And we all say “oh this has become so commercialized” yet we still go out and spend thousands of dollars. Even worse, we expect to receive this time of year.
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