What do you really need? Basically, you just need the basics of food, shelter, clothing. You don’t need Filet Mignon. You may be able to afford Filet Mignon. It might bring you lots of pleasure to eat Filet Mignon, but you don’t NEED it. You don’t need a 3,000 square foot house. You may be able to afford a 3,000 square foot house. It might make certain parts of your life more convenient and enjoyable. But you don’t NEED it. You don’t Need 10 T-shirts or a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes. You may be able to afford them and have a big enough closet to store all those clothes. But you don’t NEED them.
Everything that goes beyond your basic needs – a big house, name-brand clothes, fancy foods and drinks, a new car – is a want. It’s important to meet your needs for food, shelter, and clothing. And it’s important to indulge in some wants some of the time.
But while your body needs something to live by, your spirit needs something to live for. The longest lasting and deepest pleasure in life comes from knowing that your life is a part of something bigger than yourself and that your actions are making the world a better place.
When you have enough to live by, give– because you need something to live for.
What are you living for?