March 19

Today's quotation:

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted
but getting what you have, which once you have got it you
may be smart enough to see is what you
would have wanted had you known.

Garrison Keillor

Today's Meditation:

It's very common to hear this philosophy shared with others.  We see it in songs, in books, in television shows and movies, and we hear it from friends and family and total strangers.  Jesus of Nazareth said it quite succinctly when he said, "not my will, but yours be done."

We tend to think that we know what is best for us, but even though we get many, many lessons showing us that this simply isn't true, we still stick to trying to make things turn out the way we want them to turn out.  You knew you were in love with that person, but things simply didn't work out--and ten years later you realize that if things had worked out it would have been a disaster.

Some people are sure that if they get a particular job they'll be quite happy, and often they're devastated when they don't get the job.  Weeks later something comes up that's even better--and which they wouldn't have been able to take if they had been committed to their preferred course of action.

What we have is amazing--the trick is, though, in recognizing just how amazing it is.  And once we realize that, it's important that we see just how fully the things we have meet our current needs.  Many feelings of need and want are created by marketers who are trying to create internal discord in us--meaning that they want to make us dissatisfied so that we feel we need something else so that we can feel satisfied.  But we don't need that something else--it's already here.

Dissatisfaction isn't born of what we have or don't have--it's born of how we see what we have or don't.

Questions to consider:

Do your current possessions meet most of your true needs?

What are some sources of our dissatisfaction with the things that we get in life?

Have you ever considered closely all that you have and appreciated it for what it is?

For further thought:

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care
Some of gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

Pat Alger, Larry Bastain, Garth Brooks


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