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What is it you want?

November 5, 2010

What do you want?

Do you ever find yourself thinking about things you want to have? Like maybe a nicer car, maybe something similar, or bigger, than what your neighbor has? Or maybe a bigger home, something with a larger living room and an extra half-bath this time? Maybe more hair, maybe less fat, maybe more inches vertical, maybe fewer inches horizontal? Maybe just a more powerful vacuum and a cleaner carpet, or maybe a more sparking shower door or maybe a soap that doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry? I do. I think about things I want all the time and I’m guessing you and a lot of other people do the same thing as well.

I was watching the news this morning and they were talking about hurricane Tomas which is just about to pass over Haiti. They showed video footage of Haitians still living in tent cities nearly 10 months after the earthquake and they showed a child walking through ankle-deep mud to get to his tent home. They talked about a volcano eruption in Indonesia. They talked about a plane crash in Cuba. They talked about an airbus in Australia that had to make an emergency landing. They talked about a lot of things and the more I watched, the tighter the knot in my throat felt. I turned the television off and sat there on the couch staring at the wall thinking about all this bad stuff going on in the world and I felt overwhelmed. I stopped and forced myself to think about all the things I have in life. The car that isn’t so bad, the home that isn’t too small, the carpet that’s not so dirty, the money I save on haircuts and the belly that really isn’t so bad. I can’t turn my head away from tragedy and suffering – and I would never say that anyone should – but I also have to remember that things that might seem bad, really aren’t all that bad. An achy lower back is no fun, but it’s a heck of a lot better than living in a tent.

My great-grandmother used to say, “If everyone hung their wash out on the line for all to see, everyone would go running back to their own.” I don’t know if she came up with that herself or heard it from someone else, but she was quite a philosopher, and since I don’t know differently, I’ll give her the credit for thinking it up. The point is we all have problems, we all have cravings, we all have aches and pains and heartache, we all want more and better, but we’re not alone. For every ache we have someone else has an ache that’s worse. For every heartache we experience someone else experiences a hurt that cuts deeper. So instead of sitting back and thinking about the things we want and our individual aches and pains, maybe we’d be better served by being thankful for both the things we have as well as the things we don’t have.

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  1. November 5, 2010 10:12 am

    So true!
    I think here in America we take way to much for granted. It really is the small things that matter so much…a roof over our heads, food, family. I don’t watch the news on T.V. because it is so depressing, but it is certainly worth remembering that there are people suffering, living in tents, and we should really check ourselves before we complain too loudly.

    On another note, (not sure if you are in to this kind of thing) I gave you a blog award as one of my new favorite blogs. Someone else gave it to me, and now I am passing it along. Feel free to stop by my blog today to check it out and repost if you want. 🙂 I am glad you found me through NaBloPoMo.


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