There’s something that most of us do but don’t really have the right things in mind when doing it. What am I talking about? Wanting. Do you really want that jelly doughnut, or do you want something sweet in general (could be healthy like summer raspberries) but the doughnut happens to be handy, are you trying to procrastinate or avoid something by eating it, or are you ignoring what your body really wants to eat by having the doughnut? I know, it’s a really simple example, but food is one of the areas that we’re most confused in about our real wants.
Every day we use the word “want” countless times. ‘I want to do this.’ ‘I want that one.’ ‘I want this more than you.’ ‘I want you to do it.’ The list could go on. And on the surface the question I bring up today is about whether or not you really want what you think you want. But it’s also about something so much bigger and deeper.
Last Friday was the Brexit vote, something that’s still being talked about and debated, and will be for some time. And coming up on Monday in the US we’ve got Independence Day, the day we remember when in 1776 the people of the US signed the Declaration of Independence from Britain. My point? It would be easy for people in pre-Brexit UK or Pre-Independence Day US to say ‘I want a better job’ or ‘I want a better house’ or ‘I want to make things work better between our countries.’ And none of those things are wrong. But the people of the UK and US in 1776 made some really big choices that they don’t want to just work on improving in the current (or what was current) situation, they want a new set of rules, new set of opportunities and future that doesn’t line up with how things are (were) going in the present.
As I said, it’s not wrong to want to improve within the confines of your current situation. But if you have the ability to want for something more, something bigger, something different, something new, something better for not just you but many people, why wouldn’t you want that? As we look towards the 4th in the US and the future of the UK, I encourage you to consider your life. What do you really want from and in your life?