June 15, 2011

What Do You Want

What do you want? It sounds like a simple and relatively innocuous question. And in many ways it is. A throwaway question that we pose to our children in the hopes that they will give us an answer that is easy to fulfill.

Something along the lines of, "I am hungry" or "I am thirsty" to which we can say here is an apple and a glass of water.  Quick, easy and done.

But there is more to it than that. It is a deeper question as well that we can and should ask of ourselves. It is what we say when we are trying to determine what bring us happiness and fulfillment. Some people are lucky and know the answers to these questions and they don't have to ask it.

Others need to explore and investigate these things so that they can make determinations and create plans to turn their wants/desires into reality.

But there are other situations in which interaction between people raises questions and you ask what do you want out of curiosity and anger. You ask because their actions are incongruent with their words and you wonder if they wish to engage in honesty or continue to play games.

Do you know what you want or are you merely passing the time while life passes you by.

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