Got a Hungry Heart?

Posted: May 2, 2014 in World On The Edge

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No, this is not a plea for a book sale, although if you’d like to check out my novel, A Hunger in the Heart, it’s here:http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Heart-Kaye-Park-Hinckley/dp/1939627079/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398774636&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Hunger+in+the+Heart

My blog today, however, does have a similar theme in that each of us is after ‘something’ in our lives. We may think of our wants as simple desires,  a goal—-a thing or situation that we strive for. To achieve a goal, one must be willing to work for it, and that means ‘to give up’ something for it.

Of course, we don’t want to give up something good to decide on something bad. But the  truth is that some of our goals are not good for us, and we know it, yet we still crave what we have in mind. We close off any interior searchlight that says–don’t do this, don’t go after this–and turn an outside light, often a superficial light, onto what we want. It won’t bother us we say. Just this once, we say.

Human behavior always begins with some desire. Don’t we need to examine those things we desire in a fuller context? Not just how they will affect us personally, but how they affect others?

When we want something really badly, we usually don’t think first of others, we think of ourselves and our own satisfaction. What we want is ‘good’ for us–a sort of good anyway, at least for the moment.

This is how a young child thinks. I want it, and I want it now. A child isn’t mature enough to foresee complications for others. But we are supposed to be mature adults, not immature children.

One immature decision can drastically change the course of our lives, even change the kind of person we want to be.  So, shouldn’t we comb through our hungers (our goals) and keep only those we’re sure will better us?

Comments
  1. Cheryl says:

    Quite insightful. The older I get, the more easily I’m able to distinguish needs from wants, and I’ve learned that I have very few needs.

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