I have been reminded recently that there is a vast difference between the ideas of want and need. What we want is often a list that can go on forever. What we need is a lot simpler.
It is easy to get lost in the pain of not getting what we want. It is even more painful when we confuse want with need. Want equals lack and in lack is the basis of suffering.
It is good to want, but not at the expense of missing out on what we have and the gratitude for all that we need that is in our lives today.
One of the greatest gifts of my daring adventure has been this sorting out of want vs. need. The lack has created a bit of suffering along the way, but it has also served a greater need. That need to be more compassionate, more caring, and more grateful for what I do have now.
I am repeatedly blessed by others who often have little if any more than I do. I have been even more blessed to be able to give to those who have less than I do right now. And one of the things that so many need is the simple gift of dignity especially to those who do not have what they need or want.
There is a misconception that adventure is about excitement and travel more than an every day life. But what greater gift could we get than the chance to explore how others live and share in their experience as it enriches our own?
You can't have a daring adventure if you don't understand want vs. need. You won't have a meaningful adventure if you don't understand the power of giving and receiving.
We all won't take daring adventures, but we all need them at some point in our lives - to grow, expand, mature, and most importantly to want less of what we don 't need and need more of what we do - love, dignity, joy, freedom, and liberty - just to name a few!
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!