Everything We Need
...if you got everything on your list this year, would you be happy?[via The View From Her]
I would. At least for a few days, until I would have to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales. Or until New Year's Eve, when I probably would need a new, cute top to wear. But then I would definitely be happy. Oh wait - then January comes and I know I'll need some new work-out clothes for the exercise program I start every year. I'll let you in on a little secret. I am never satisfied. There is always something else I want.
I think this is true of human beings in general. Children want to be grown-up. Singles want to be married. Some married couples desperately want children. Families with kids want a bigger house. You buy a new car, and 8 months later there's a newer, better model. People with curly hair straighten it. Those with straight hair perm it. Most women I know wish they were thinner. Thin women wish they were, well...curvier. We always want what we don't have.
This seems particularly relevant at this time of year when so many people, especially singles, experience disappointment. Why do we assume that if only this one thing were different in our lives we would be happy? ....Christmas is the best time to remember that we really do have everything we need.