Check your Wanting

“My dreams turned into phantoms, bringing me more pain than anything else. Sometimes Wanting can be poison, and it taints every accomplishment because nothing is ever enough. Wanting is not just a writer thing; it’s a human thing. Unchecked Wanting can be dangerous because it gives you this illusion that Getting will make things better. And in the mean time, you withhold your own happiness for no good reason.”

– from Natalie Whipple’s post “You Never Stop Being You”

Don’t worry, guys. I’m not particularly torn up with longing or anything. I’ve just had this quote saved for a while, ’cause I think it’s a great one. I know a lot of people who do this, who think things will be better once X, Y, or Z happens. But X, Y, and Z are just excuses people make for not finding happiness now.

On a somewhat related note: “Sit With It”

9 responses to “Check your Wanting”

  1. sarahjayne Avatar

    Great quote and so very true. :)
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  2. Kimberly Franklin Avatar

    I love that quote! Thanks for sharing with us. :)
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  3. Sonja Avatar

    What a nice Buddhist sentiment. :)
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  4. Kristan Avatar

    LOL, Sonja. Yes, I suppose it is.

  5. Aurora Avatar

    Yay me! =p
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  6. Sarah Avatar

    That quote made my heart ache. Man. That girl has got to get published!
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  7. Kristan Avatar

    FOR SERIOUS. I’m still shocked that she hasn’t been. I mean I know she’s agented, but based on what I’ve read, if I were an editor I would be snapping up her books left and right! Sigh. Just further proof how crazy this industry really can be.

  8. Torie Michelle Avatar

    I am definitely in the “never satisfied” camp, and it’s a serious problem. I haven’t previously read posts at Natalie’s blog, but now that I’ve read this quotation and seen her adorable header–really, a design that grabs my attention is 75% of what matters…lol–I’m going to check out the entries for more things I’m sure to like.
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  9. Kristan Avatar

    Haha, yeah, I love her design too! She just changed it, actually. She’s very artistic, so this is fitting.