What Do We Really Want?

Blog 2042 – 04.28.2021

What Do We Really Want?

In the most recent episode of NBC’s new sci-fi series Debris, the leading debris investigator’s dad reminds her of a story to help her figure out the particular problem one young man is experiencing. The Story of the Penguin and the Soldier has a very poignant and pointy message, “You have spent your whole life hiding from yourself what you really want.” Too often that is true of all of us, but why? Could it be because we are conditioned from childhood to believe that we do not deserve to get what we want or that merely wanting something is somehow bad? The line from the twenty-third psalm, “The lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” does not mean it is wrong to want, but only that whatever we want our good shepherd can supply.

I believe with all my heart that everything that I could ever want or need is already mine and coming to me at just the right time and in just the right way from my loving and infinite source. Nothing wears me out more than listening to others or myself “poor mouth” and by that I mean pretend to be poor when the truth is that we are rich, rich, rich. Someone has said that the one word definition of rich is “enough.” Perhaps that is why even billionaires do not consider themselves rich, for even a billion dollars to them is not yet enough. Far better is a meager meal with contentment than a feast that does not satisfy.

What do we really want? Many would say immediately, “Lots of money, to win the lottery!” Is that really what we want? In Orson Wells’ famous epic movie, Citizen Caine, the rich guy dies and his dying word is “Rosebud.” The thing he wanted most of all, the one thing his riches could not buy. Rosebud was the name of his boyhood snow sled, but more than that it was a symbol of time in his life when he felt loved, like Betty Boop’s theme song – “I wanna be loved by you – pooh, pooh pee doop.” What pee and poop have to do with it is a mystery to me, but then life is I think for most of us only pee and poop and quite a mystery till we figure out what we really want.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White


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