Shrink that Growing Giant

November 27, 2010

“Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have

was never large enough to cover.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately – about my list of wants. Material things, intangible things, things I don’t yet have but someday hope to attain, things I dream of but haven’t yet achieved. There’s the dream house, of course, the off-the-grid house made of garbage, overlooking the beach and the mountains. There’s the desire for the elusive ideas of balance, and peace, and tranquility. And there’s also that endless search for answers to my spiritual questions.

I’ve been contemplating my own consumer mentality, and how my rebellious nature wants nothing to do with a clever marketing industry that brainwashes me into thinking that I want so much more than I do. Organic and sustainable or not, do I really need it at all? And what of our society’s voracious appetite for more – more money, more power, more success, more stuff – and the message that ultimately sends? That who we are is never quite enough. So I want better, I want more.

But as I move further along on this journey towards Simplicity, Frugality, and Frivolity… all with an Eco-Mentality, I realize that there is nothing more balanced or more peaceful than simply being in a state of gratitude for all that you have, and all that is, right now… appreciating everything and everyone in your present state of existence, and learning to Just Be. So I think I’ll Shrink that Growing Giant by realizing that everything I’ve ever really wanted, I already have.

© Yoyo1972

This post is dedicated to Papa, Arcane, Zany, Sparkle, Goodle, and Bear.

You are all I ever really wanted.

This was originally posted on July 19, 2010
reposted in participation of {inhabit} by the little list

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The Little List

Sofia – such a thoughtful and thought-provoking post. Contentment can slip away so easily. Thank you so much for participating in this weeks edition of {inhabit}. Hope you have a wonderful week.
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Sofia's Ideas

Thanks for hosting, I’m glad to participate. :)

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Erin @ Wild Whisper

I don’t think I have ever read this particular quote by Emerson, but it was an instant favorite when I read it here. I am working on wanting less because I am satisfied with the “more” that is already in front of me… this was marvelous reminder of where the line between needing, wanting and having really lie. I was blessed by this!

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Sofia's Ideas

Erin, thank you so much for this sweet comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! And I was blessed by your comment today…
Thank you! :)

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abbi

following back from http://kidpack05.blogspot.com
thanks for the follow, abbi

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Sofia's Ideas

Welcome to Sofia’s Ideas, Abbi! Hope to see you back here soon! :)

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Ashlee

Amen to this! I cannot tell you how many times I have had these same thoughts.
My husband and I are completely different. He wants more, I am content with what I have. I am trying to teach him things do not make up your self worth. Great Post!
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Sofia's Ideas

Thanks so much, Ashlee, for this support! In our family, it has always been my husband that could do with less, and I’ve had to learn (slowly) over the years that I dont need to hold onto everything. I know now that I dont need the item to hold onto the memory, I’m a sentimental person, what can I say? But, admittedly, I also went through a period where I just bought stuff just to buy stuff, just cuz I felt like I could! I was NOT a good steward of our money, something I regret, but I have learned so much over the last few years, and I am in a state of gratitude like never before. Its true, what they say – a cluttered life = a cluttered mind. Now I feel like I have the “freedom” to really pursue my dreams…

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Leanna

Thanks for stopping by from Fun Follow Friday! I’ll definitely be reading your blog as well!
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Sofia's Ideas

Welcome, Leanna! I really hope you like what you see…

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