Tuesday, May 30, 2006

When you can't have what you want

OK.  Here's something from a friend's email, verbatim (I mean; copied word for word)...

Thanks YK Low.

We can't always have everything we want! One woman laments that she
wants to be a bear. Actually, what she says is this:

"If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for
six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could
deal with that, too.

If you're a bear, you birth your children (who are the size of
walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute,
cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat
anyone who bothers your cubs. I could deal with that, too.

If you're a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He
EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup. I wanna be a bear."

We can't always have everything we want! One person said this:

"As a rule, man's a fool. When it's hot he wants it cool.
When it's cool he wants it hot, always wanting what is not."

Our age is characterized by the ability to get what we want, and the
inability to want what we've got. It is characterized by

In 1988, one woman won twenty-two million dollars in her state
lottery. Her family and friends are gathered around her. The
television lights are blazing. Even the network news is there. She
was ecstatic. "This," the woman proclaimed, "is the happiest day of
my life!"

But a mere five years later found her looking sullen. She was shown
again on television shaking her head in disbelief. In a matter of a
few short years, she went through a divorce, the alienation of her
children, and an investment that turned sour. A judge had now
garnished her lottery winnings for life. The closing scene showed the
woman sitting on the steps of an apartment building in utter despair.
She had won $22 million, but it was not enough to save her from

You have the ability to get what you want. You probably have
everything you need to be completely satisfied. Do you also have the
ability to want what you've got? Do you have peace of mind?

Among the more effective labor-saving devices is the neighbor who
hasn't returned your gardening tools.

Life Support System Publishing, Inc.


  1. Bro, peace of mind is the most impt thing to me... if I have to live on ikan bilis and plain rice and am happy, I would gladly do so. :) Oh... i also have to have my guitar and family with me. heh heh I just find that too many people are after the making of money, and miss out on life and the ones that they love. They care too much about what they wear, where they live, what they drive and all the shallowness of trying to show that they are wealthy. They are trapped in the web that they themselves have sown... well, that is just wat I think lah... peace!

  2. If you could have everything you wanted in this world, there would be no fun in life.

  3. Heck, I probably am the type who wants what he's got... I keep things like old, broken vcd players, typewriters and cameras, because I thought they might be repairable or they have usable parts I could use later.

    Still, happiness is getting what you can have and letting go of what you can't have and being wise enough to know the difference.