As children many of us probably grew up corrected on if something was a need or a want. Needs were explained as things you could not survive without. As I lay in bed this morning after waking way earlier than I had intended, once again, I wondered about the grey areas in between needs and wants. Clearly my body was telling me that I had gotten the amount of sleep needed by my alertness and inability to go back to sleep and yet I did not want to get up. I wanted to continue lying there snuggled with my boyfriend and just enjoy that moment. At first I let my mind wrestle with "but if I lay here then I will feel sleepy when I do get up", "I have things to do since I am awake", "I have a blog to write before I go to work", and at the same time "I just want to cherish this moment of being in my love's arms". I told myself there was nothing wrong with living in this moment and staying put even if it wasn't a need. But then I got to wondering, what is the true line between wants and needs? Are needs really only what we cannot survive without or are they what we cannot thrive without? I don't want to merely survive life, I want to thrive. Yes, we can survive on only eating a couple times a week and in theory can live without sharing love but that really isn't any way to live. We are made of love and are meant to share it so then wouldn't filling our hearts be a need as well? I am genuinely asking you. This morning, that moment, was a need. I was in need of just being present and receiving love. I'm grateful to have chosen to stay in that moment. I'm grateful for snuggles with the man I love. I'm grateful for a cloudy day outside that kept the bedroom dark longer and allowed us that time to rest. I'm grateful for all the love I receive from family, friends, and even on occasion a blog reader. I'm grateful to know my words resonate with others. I'm grateful to have the time to blog before I go to work. I'm grateful to have an amazing boyfriend that loves me and accepts my love for him in return. And I'm grateful for my large heart that gives and receives love easily. What a beautiful world we live in. How blessed I am to see all this love. What defines needs versus wants? At what point does love become a need? May your day be blessed with enjoying the moments of love. May you accept your needs and wants as they are offered to you. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.