You may want celebrity status, love and affection. Your aim could be the accumulation of millions in savings or a house with a picket fence. The latest car or the largest diamond has your thoughts spinning. Yet you need none of this to continue to breath.
Your heart continues to beat and your organs function. Even when all hopes and dreams have been shattered. There’s a big difference between need and want.
A child relies on their parents for food, warmth, and clothing. The elderly reliant on the same necessities as they walk toward the tail end of life. Becoming frail and dependent on others.
We have become accustomed to creature comforts. Enjoying material wealth.
You don’t need your phone to live. That’s a luxury item. Something we all take for granted.
We have our hearts, minds and souls invested in our sweethearts. Any alteration to this partnership can break us. We can love and feel grief over lose. Yet we still breathe.
Materials mean nothing when things go wrong.
When a war is raging people flee for safety. The death of a loved one is a period of great sorrow. In these times possessions mean nothing. It’s when our friends, family and close colleagues are safe that we can feel loss over material accumulation.
When you’re depressed it’s of little importance what you drive or where you live. You will flop on the most expensive of couches or the most uncomfortable. It’s irrelevant what you own in times of deep felt sadness.
Simplifying the essentials.
- If you are in good health; have belly full of food, a roof over your head and a safe place to sleep; you’re rich.
- If you’re warm through the winter months and cool in the summer; you are comfortable.
- If you have fresh water you are fortunate.
There’s no need for electricity. Not having it would make life difficult. We’re not skilled at managing without it. Relying on power to charge devices, stimulating us around the clock. Yet it’s not pertinent to our survival.
No electricity means no hot water. We may not cope well or feel comfortable about going without. Yet it’s not crucial to our existence.
Clothes are not essential. We’re accustomed to being fully dressed. We can build fire for warmth. Animal hides have been used over centuries so as to maintain modesty, covering up our bits. Every part of a beast had a purpose. Nothing was wasted.
We don’t need a variety of foods to live. Basic staples will keep us fuelled with energy and in good health.
When our material wealth has been altered we’re unhappy about it. Yet we still breath, we eat, we survive.
All we need for survival is food and water.
Non for profit organisation fund food deliveries in places where famine exists. These essentials don’t always arrive at their intended destinations.
There are towns controlled by bandits/rebels/terrorists. Using weapons to enforce their will. Safety is dependent upon communities conforming to unfair standards. The food is not distributed to those in dire need. People are starving.
The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right for that are born into this world. – Norman Borlaug
Parents watching the kids fall ill and deteriorate. Their babies nothing but skin and bone. Having no means to do anything other than comforting them.
Imagine you have nothing. Weak from starvation. Fly’s buzzing around you. A gust of wind sends dust into your eyes. When it rains, all there is, is a tarp to keep people from copping the full brunt of the storm. That’s hardship most of us will never know.
Young children having to walk for hours to get fresh drinking water. The risk of gang rape high. This danger is well known, yet water is a necessity.
The difference between need and want becomes all too obvious.
Put it into perspective.
We’re all responsible when a fellow brother or sister can’t get one square meal a day. Regardless of colour or creed.
There is genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, no where, at no time should go hungry. – Ed Asner
You’re a valued member of a family unit. That may consist of blood relatives or people who care about you. You’d do whatever it took to ensure their needs were taken care of.
What if you were a parent that had no way of providing those basic survival needs that we take for granted?
What you can do:
- Donate to an organisation.
- Volunteer some of your time at your local shelter.
- When you prepare a meal, make extra and deliver it to someone you know who is homeless.
- Send prayers and positive energy out into the universe.
- If you have any solutions on how to combat famine, regardless of how odd it may seem – write about it. Share it. Make a noise.
Don’t you find it ironic that people are starving? We have brilliant minds creating the extraordinary. Advances in technology turning over at great speed. We are rich in money, resources and materials. Yet each person here on earth does not get one square meal a day.
We can send a photo or video around the world in seconds. Alerting us to the undernourished in famine areas. Snaps of the ill and forgotten. Conditions unimaginable in this day and age.
This has the potential of going viral within minutes. We have something kind of shameful going on.
We are a people accustomed to luxuries. Electricity accessible via a switch. Water delivered to a tap and a varieties of food purchased at a shop. Entertainment at the touch of our fingers. Yet we’re not dependent upon any of this in order to breathe.
Don’t confuse the desire for material accumulation with the basic needs of survival.
Today is where you count your blessings.