Sunday, March 29, 2009


"You are so full of the things that you don't have
that you don't have space for the things you do."
from here.

Its so absolutely true. We want. All the time.
And we aren't even satisfied when we have it.
We look towards the next thing.

The first time I really noticed this was a few years ago. I had a friend that wanted a certain car. He researched and obsessed over this car-to-be for so long. And then he finally got it. He was really excited...for like three months. And then one afternoon he starts talking about his next car -pining and obsessing and researching. Never satisfied.
We do it with our clothes. We do it with our homes - wanting and dreaming until we're there - we have it. And then we start talking about the next home.
I especially do it with shoes. I think I like the hunt. Once they're mine I love with them... for a short time. And then I start the hunt over again.

How have we learned to be so un-content?


jballashaw said...

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of how much you already have. - Anomymous

WestAussieWedding said...

I hear you.

I like the line from that Sheryl Crow song "it not about getting what you want, its about wanting what you've got" (I promise thats the only Sheryl lyric I'll quote!) I try to practice this, but its surpringly hard to keep your attention on what you have right now instead of obsessing over what think would make your life better in the future..
but Im going to keep trying!

alissa said...

i love both of those quotes! my other favorite (that ive mentioned before) is U2 - what you dont have, you dont need it now.

might need it tattood on my arm to remember on a daily basis :)

ashford said...

eh I think I've grown out of this phase a bit. I do want things that are beautiful though. Art seems to be an okay thing to want.

Hanako66 said...

totally true

Anonymous said...

You know I was just thinking about this yesterday! How strange. I feel like I am never satisfied with what I am doing and I'm always making plans of things to do in the future instead of concentrating on right now. I am really going to try to change that - drives me nuts!

Courtney said...

Love this post. It is so true that we constantly are looking for the next thing, and I sometimes I need to remind myself to enjoy what is "now."

Petunia Face said...

I have a recurring case of the gimme gimmes, so this post spoke to me loud and clear. *sigh*