“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
What is the purpose behind desire? (A question for the ages.)
Take money or fame, for example. Do you really want money? Or do you want what it can buy you? Do you want fame? Or do you want to feel known and special? What’s the desire behind the desire?
I love new gadgets and gear. I’ve got a to-buy book list as long as the Nile River. I’ve got many ideas’s I’d love to see come alive and many places and experience I’d like to be a part of.
But which desires will bring me the most joy?
“Less” is one good answer. Less is an open sky that leaves room for more. It’s a glass of water in a sea of desert. It’s funny “more” like’s to disguise itself as “less.” If only I had more x and I would be happy. If only I had y and I could do/be what I feel called to do/be.
But more only creates more. This is both good and bad—it’s a tool, and it just depends on where you point it. Opportunity creates more opportunity.
It’s scary how more tries to replace our dreams with pleasure. Entertainment. Filler. Upgrades. Newest and Greatest. Distractions. Things only become bad when they take us away from our mission and purpose.
Even more good ideas can distract us from our current good ideas we are working on.
The key is recognizing where a desire is coming from. Is it coming from boredom? Fear? Low self-esteem? Or is it coming from curiosity? Creativity? Abundance?
If you want an idea to succeed, you need to give it breathing room. Ideas don’t thrive well when they are stacked on top of another dozen ideas in the works.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1200