Yes. You know exactly what I’m going to be talking about here. We’ve all been there before. It’s not new ground. How many times have we said “I want _____,” but someone else has told us “That’s not what you need right now”? We continually fool ourselves into thinking that we “need” things that we actually want.
But don’t worry. I’m not going to just talk down to you like that. Because that would be too predictable.
Let’s talk about wants for a second. Wants are desires. Greed is a natural part of humanity. We all want things. That’s never going to change. I can’t just tell you that you need to focus on finding what you need instead of worrying about what you want. We all have desires. We can’t just drop those.
Our wants, our desires, are what push us to evolve. Without desiring to have more, we’ll remain stagnant. Humanity evolves from our desires. A man that desired to go into space eventually ended up walking on the moon.After all, a dream isn’t a “need,” it’s a”want.” And we “need” dreams, right? Because without dreams, what purpose do we really have?
Now, here’s where the need comes in. If you have a want, a desire, then you have to figure out what you need. You can’t waste your time chasing down other petty wants. This is where that expression at the beginning comes back: “That’s not what you need right now.” Meaning, that’s not what you need if you want to make your dream come true.
Other wants may be thrown in our way in order to distract us, to keep us from achieving our dreams. We have to overcome those. We need to know how to cast aside those wants in order to focus on finding what we need to move forward.
The basics of this are that wants aren’t always bad. In fact, they’re sometimes necessary. But we have recognize that our needs must come first. Because our desires cannot be achieved simply by wanting them to happen, right?
Until next time…