"I have seen better days, but I have also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect but I’m blessed."
Sometimes I stop what I am doing and I take a look around me and I wonder how our society ever got into the state it is now. I am not saying that there is anything truly wrong with things the way they are, but I often feel that I don’t fit. I see the pace with which we live our lives, and it scares me a bit.
It seems that we are in a race. We are moving quickly from one thing to the next. We are rushing to try to get everything done, and to get it done now, if not sooner. We have become a society of “must do” expectations. We put increasing demands on ourselves to do, be, and have more and more.
There is nothing wrong with this. Wanting to do, be, and have more, is the way in which the Universe expands. What I find confusing, and often depressing, is that we feel that this wanting is a need, not just a want. We are continually putting ourselves under the pressure of accomplishing – and we feel we won’t be happy until we are there.
It is these times I stop when I realize that I am getting caught up in exactly this attitude. I am striving and trying to do more than I ever can, all in the name of becoming happy. At those times, I try to reset.
At these times, I take a step back and look at my life. I have an amazing life. Of course, I want more. That is just human nature…and it is human nature for the sake of expanding the Universe. But, we can do it all without the external, and especially with out the internal, pressure.
We have become a society of keeping up with our neighbors. We feel competition all the time. We often view our world as limited, that the resources must be hustled for before somebody else gets them. At these times, for me, I try to broaden my perspective, and I try to remember that we live in an infinite and unlimited Universe, and there is plenty for all – there will always be expansion in what is available, expansion that matches desire.
I have all I need. This statement is something that grounds me when I become conscious of being caught up in the busyness of everyday life. I have all I need. I can get by quite nicely with what I have. I don’t need more to be happy. I need to be happy to be happy, that is all there is to it. Happiness comes from within, and no amount of money, no relationship, no career, no anything outside of myself will make me happy.
I have all I need, and no matter what I want beyond that, it is not a need. I will continue, with or without more. There is nothing wrong with wanting, but I won’t confuse wanting with needing.
I encourage you, once in a while, to take a step back and realize that you have all you need, and so much more. Take the time to look into yourself and find the happiness there. Take the time to do that as often as you can…it is always there, waiting to be experienced.
Can you make the distinction between want and need? Are you able to find the happiness within? Do you see that happiness cannot come from outside of yourself? Leave a comment and let the community know where you stand. We’re listening.