A wise and beloved friend relayed the following story to me. I would like to share it with you and of course add some interesting ideas of my own.
A man and his son entered a shoe store. The boy quickly ran to the sneakers and announced that he NEEDED the $100 sneakers. His father looked them then looked at his son. "How much money is in your pocket," he asked his son. "I have forty bucks," said the son. The father thought and then replied "Well you see dear boy, you have a problem, those shoes you NEED are $100, what you have is $40, what you really NEED is $60, you aren't getting those sneakers."
We all have wants, needs and haves. I want a chocolate bar, I need a diet, I have a few extra pounds. I want to please my family, I need to respect their wishes, I have an awesome family. I want to tell you that although it seems as if our wants are all needs, they aren't. We can't always get what we want. We can try...but inevitably we get what we need. You see there is this Jewish thing I like to call divine providence, for Hashkacha Pratis. Now I know it sounds like something you order on a Indian take out menu, but its actually this pretty amazing thing. You see we can want something and we can try to get it. But in the end God, let's give him a capital "G" today, has the divine ability to give us what we need instead. I want to love, and I do, I need to focus more on loving the right people. God is giving me that ability. Now, when I find out that God takes away what I want...he doesn't exist. That's right I give him the one finger salute and go after what I want. Guess what he always wins. I guess what I am trying to say is that I wish that I was able to accept the things I need and to stop running after the things I want. Cause guess what I can want something from now until tomorrow, but like the boy in the story, I only have $40.