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Going Through Hell to Get What We Don't Want...

November 15, 2010
No Diet 4 Me
Have you ever gone all out to get something and then found out you didn't really want it, or it wasn't as good as you thought it was going to be?

The answer is probably, "Yes".

For a simple illustration of this point, we can just go through most people's closets...or their garages.

Other examples are yard sales and storage facilities.

"Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it."

--Don Marquis (1878-1937)



Humorist Don Marquis died almost three-quarters of a century ago, and yet even he was aware of the human tendency to just want things without even knowing what we really want...or why.

Those yard sales, garages, closets, and storage facilities are full of things that people wish they hadn't bought. Suddenly, one day they realize they need some money, and they look at all the "stuff" they have and figure, "I should be able to get a few bucks for some of this, eh!"

Some go a step farther and think, "Man. If only I hadn't spent all that money on this stuff! I'd be set."

It's a basic law of economics that resources are finite. If you use steel to build a garbage can, you can't use it to build a car. If you spend your paycheck on stuff, you don't have it for fun...or building wealth, or retirement...or building wealth for retirement.

All over the world, large numbers of people go through all kinds of contortions to earn a few bucks, buy the necessities of life, and, with any luck, have a little fun. Most dream of not having to go to work, or being their own boss, or just being able to do the things they really want to do. However, most never really figure out what it is they really want and work towards that.

They follow the well-worn path alluded to by Don Marquis, in the quote above.

The worst thing in my mind is not that someone might reach my age (65+) without enough money to allow them to live they way they really want to, or with a garage full of "stuff" they didn't really want or need. It is that someone might reach my age without knowing what they really want and without being able to have it...whatever it is.

I want a peaceful life and the time to write my articles, visit the grandkids (spoil them and run away), and look at the beauty of nature...the ocean, a forest, a sunset, a sunrise...I'm a simple kind of guy. What I really want is for my children, grandchildren, and so on unto the umpteenth generation to have a good a time as I have had, and pass some of it on.

I guess that means I have to give up on struggling to get some of the things I don't want, or need, so that there will be enough for them...and maybe some time for me I can handle that.

As usual, just a thought.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Donovan Baldwin is a 65-year-old accountant, amateur bodybuilder, freelance writer, certified optician, and Internet marketer currently living in the Atlanta, Gerogia area. A University Of West Florida alumnus (1973) with a BA in accounting, he has been a member of Mensa and has been a Program Accountant for the Florida State Department of Education, the Business Manager of a community mental health center, and a multi-county Fiscal Consultant for an educational field office. He has also been a trainer for a major international corporation, and has managed various small businesses, including his own. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1995, with 21 years of service, he became interested in Internet marketing and developed various online businesses. He has been writing poetry, articles, and essays for over 40 years, and now frequently publishes original articles on his own websites and for use by other webmasters. He has posted a series of articles on The Law of Attraction , and other self-improvement issues at xtramoney4me.net/internetmarketing/reviews/law_of_attraction_articles/ .
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Donovan Baldwin is a freelance writer currently living in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. He is a University Of West Florida alumnus (1973) with a BA in accounting. He is a past member of Mensa and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and has held several managerial positions while in the military and in civilian life. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1995, he became interested in Internet marketing and developed various online businesses. He has been writing poetry, articles, and essays for over 40 years, and now frequently publishes articles on his own websites and for use by other webmasters. He has a website on health, fitness, diet, and weight loss at http://www.nodiet4me.com/ .

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