Mitten Strings For God:
Wants and Needs
Am I the only one that gets claustrophobic when shopping? All the STUFF is so overwhelming! This has started happening to me lately. I use to love to shop. Now, not so much. We truly do live in a very materialistic society. The more I try and distant myself from it, the more obvious it becomes. I am not saying that I am completely detached from "things". I do enjoy my toys. But, do I need them? No. Not at all.
Today, before I went shopping, in an attempt to simplify my list, I reviewed it and wrote wants on one side, and needs on the other. I realized, just how little I actually **needed** (the only thing was a pair of Sandals for Twinkle Toes, seeing as how she outgrew last years sandals). Everything else on the list was merely wants.
How about you? Can you list, oh, how about 5 things that you want (that's the easy part!), and then list 5 things that you really need? I'd love to hear your list!!!
As for my five, let's see...
- to remodel our kitchen. (this will become a need eventually -- until then, I can wait.)
- to visit Rome and Ireland.
- to hire help with the housework.
- S.U.G.A.R!!! (I am having withdrawals.)
- a laptop, so I can stay connected while we travel!
- to spend more time in prayer.
- more one-on-one time with my children.
- to exercise.
- to spend more quality time with my hubby.
- to make a schedule! (Seeing as all the above needs revolve around time!)
"When we pause long enough to give thanks for the abundance of daily life, when we feel good about what we have right now, we teach our children a valuable lesson: We help them accept that they can't have everything they want, and we reassure them that they do have everything they need. This is a concept that I need to reinforce over and over again, both in my thinking and in day-to-day life with my children. We are living in a consumer society that revolves around instant gratification. We shop for recreation and spend and buy things we don't really need. But unless we want our children to perpetuate this kind of materialism, we must show them another way. And we must give them faith that their real needs -- for love, attention, acceptance -- will be met."