I would want for nothing for about two weeks. To get one thing is to want another. To solve one problem is to get a new one.
We were made for divine life. Therefore, we were made to want it. Therefore, no earthly thing-no house, car, fame, fortune, or human person-could ever fill us. This is the reason that to get one thing is to want another, to solve one problem is to get a new one.
Once we accept that there will always be something, we will no longer say "if only." We will no longer suffer over what we do not have. We will not suffer envy. And, not expecting things to do more for us than they can, we can enjoy things for what they do offer.
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Almost all of us understand the myth "if only." And almost all of us think that our "if only" is different.
It is different because, we say, once we get this, we know we will want for nothing. We can't imagine what else we might want.
Of course, we should not expect to know what the next thing will be. Like land beyond the horizon, it does not appear until we reach what we were looking at.
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The myth "but":
"Yes, I realize that there will always be something, but this is really important. This is for the good of other people; this is really the only thing I've ever wanted.."
But who doesn't feel that their thing is uniquely important? But isn't this always the way we say, "if only"?