From My Studio: To Survive or Thrive


Driving down the road the other day, I turned on the radio and heard the end of this song by the Rolling Stones. I thought to myself, by Jove, these gents just may have something here.

And I was taken back to a few months ago when a friend of mine asked me to participate in a little exercise. She handed me two pieces of paper and a pencil. She said on the first piece of paper write down 10 things you need. And on the second piece of paper write down 10 things you want. But here is the catch: the same thing cannot be on both pieces of paper. The idea was to define what you want in your life versus what you need in your life. 

So after I heard that song, I decided to revisit that exercise, but twist its knickers up a bit by doing the exact opposite. And see what I may discover if a need became a want. 

I need air to breathe, water to drink, and food in my belly to survive. 

I want to breathe in the fresh air of a summer morning just as the sun is rising. I want a cool glass of water with ice and a little bit of lemon. And while I will have my chicken breast and broccoli for my supper, it’s chocolate cake I want for dessert.

So the question is, will I be content simply to exist and survive? Or do I prefer to reach for the stars and thrive?

Hey, we all want what we want when we want it. But I’ve been on the planet long enough to know that we are not always gifted that. And that’s OK. Sometimes we do just get what we need. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop striving to thrive.

 Falls under the category of “Grab Your Ten Stars with Sparkly Diamond Tips!”


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