Have You Lost Your Ability To Differentiate?

This Week's Simple Tip: It's funny how some things stand out so clearly in your mind. I can recall a dinner discussion when one of my sons, around 8 years old at the time, picked up on a conversation at the table and said "we really only have very few needs." Talk about a wake-up call to how many times we say "I need this, or I need that!"

I think one of the most valuable lessons we can learn through this pandemic is what is truly a want versus a need. With my graying hair and broken dishwasher, I have learned these are much appreciated "luxuries." Yes, the dishwasher saves me time and sanitizes the tableware, but when forced to live without it, I can easily survive. I am not suggesting we give up our "luxuries." Instead I am proposing that we put things in perspective and truly appreciate "necessity" vs. "want" vs. "valued possessions." I fear that maybe our modern civilization has lost its ability to differentiate. As Buddha said, "Our needs can be fulfilled but our wants are endless - a bottomless pit. There are needs that are essential, fundamental and that can be obtained and this we should work towards."

This Week's Focus:

This week, take a hard look at what is a want versus a need in your life. Be grateful for all that you have, and think twice the next time you feel that you have to fulfill a need. Maybe there are others out there you can help with an essential need.

Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!

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