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What Do You Want? - Rick Barron Unplugged

What Do You Want?

by | Apr 15, 2010 | Challenges | 0 comments

When I was young I made a list of “needs” for my birthday, for Christmas, for the start of school, for the start of summer, for the start of baseball season, for the start of…..  I think you get the idea.  Children are NEVER at a loss for ways to spend a few extra bucks and ALWAYS have a mental list of desires. 

Try it some time.  Head to the mall, the grocery store, an amusement park or some other destination where you’ll find kids and an opportunity to spend money.  Then offer a completely random child a few extra dollars with which to enhance their experience (with their parent’s permission) and see what happens.  I’m betting you’ll see one of two things:

  1. They’ll head directly to their favorite place and begin the process of fulfilling their desires. 
  2. They’ll ask you what you like and use that in their decision making process to share their new spoils with you – their new friend!

Fast forward 10, 20, 30+ years…

Do you have a mental list of your desires?  Do you know what you want?  If someone were to give you a windfall of cash today would you know exactly what you’re going to do with it?  Would you reach out to friends, family or those needing assistance to share your new wealth?  I’ll not provide my answer on the grounds that it may incriminate you!

Most people go through their lives without a true sense of direction, without a list of goals they want to accomplish during their lifetime.  Bouncing from one location, job, relationship and experience to the next without a sense of purpose.  Wondering if their lives are to have any meaning at all.  Wondering what they’ll be given from life rather than what they can make of their life!

It’s impossible to reach a destination unless you know where you’re going!  

When getting in your car to leave the house the only thing you need is a destination!!  Everything else can be figured out along the way.  You can ask for directions, you can buy a map, you can work for gas money, you can sleep in the car but you cannot get someone else to tell you where you’re going!

I’ve discovered that most adults have a list of what they don’t want, rather than what they do want.  When I ask them a question I get a list of “I don’t like…”, “I don’t want…”, “We had this for dinner last night and that for dinner the night before”.  That’s not what I asked you.  I asked for your opinion, for your desire.

What Do You Want?

I’ve got a mind and I’m not afraid to use it.  When asked of my desire, I provide it.  When asked for my opinion I share it in a manner that protects their honor and dignity (most of the time).  I know what I like, I know what I want and I know that I’m entitled to receive it. 

Hey Rick, where’d that one come from – “…I’m entitled to receive it”?  I’ll save that for another post.

Why not view the world we live in as one of absolute abundance?  One in which our creator is ready, willing and able to provide for all our desires.  Provided….We know what they are!! 

Get out some paper and a pencil, open up your laptop, flip open your PDA and start dreaming again.  Go back to the days of your youth when you truly believed that you’d get everything you truly desired.  Let your imagination soar.  Dream BIG! 

What’s the best that could happen? 

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