Nice But Not Necessary

Image by Still Unique Photography

Image by Still Unique Photography

What are the things you think you need to be happy? Do you have a list? Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at each item on your list and see if it is really necessary, like water, or just nice, like a glob of whipped cream on top of a mug of hot chocolate. I know that some of the items on your list will be a tough call and your ego will insist that every item is necessary. But that isn’t true.

What if your happiness, peace, fulfillment, etc., was never dependent on the attainment of these “things”? What if it is really the result of being free of them, or at least free of most of them? Take some time to examine your list and see how many items you can move from the Necessary List to the Nice List. Now, don’t you feel freer? Even happier? So, the next time your ego tells you that you need some “thing” or condition to be fulfilled, happy, safe, etc., stop and ask yourself…. “What about this?” I believe you will be surprised by how many times your answer will be…. “Nice, but not necessary.”

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