I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
2Kings 20:5

Friday, April 16, 2010

Wants & Needs

Learn to live with less. Learn to shun envy. Appreciate what you have. If you have less, you will appreciate what you have more.

~ This is something I am working on. . . always room for improvement in my life.

I am such a practical person sometimes and other times I want to just be completely indulgent and spoiled :) I have exceeded my own expectations of life post transplant and now I find myself "wanting" things. Which is interesting considering I honestly have been content to go without many things I "want", and even some things I "need".

What are our needs?. . . ever just thought about what we NEED to survive? I have. This is what I need to survive: Faith, Food, Medications, Water, (Diet Mnt Dew), A place to live, A Car, Income to provide those things and Love. (and maybe a cell phone and internet) :) But really I don't NEED much to live. I don't need new clothes all the time, I don't need jewelry, I don't need ATV's, I don't need fame, I don't need a sports car, I don't need a fancy house, I don't need all the wordly things that somehow become classified as needs, but clearly fall into the "want" catagory.

Despite all the things I can live without. . . I can always find something I "want". I usually just dream about having most of them :) I would love to run out and buy all the things that I think would make me happy. But thankfully, I do know what brings true happiness and it cannot be bought.

Another thing is I don't like STRESS! In fact I don't even deal well with stress anymore. Debt = STRESS and I would chose no stress over owning any one of those "wants". So to not have payments on all of those things makes me happy :) Real happiness is a choice that I make. I have to wake up and decide if I am going to be happy with my life right now. . . and frankly, I am. Is it perfect? . . .NO, and it will never be perfect because 2 years and 5 months ago, I made a choice that I knew would be a hard road, a better road, but still a hard one. However, I wake up every day knowing that I chose what I know will make me happy.

This sums it up nicely: Decide what you need to make you comfortable. Learn to distinguish between your "wants" and your "needs". Don't be so strict that you take all the fun out of life. Everyone should have a few things that they just love, even if they are not practical. Just try and develop simple tastes."


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