Saturday, October 27, 2018

Writing Prompt ~ What Can You NOT Live Without?


This is one of the most profound quotes I've read in a while. When I woke up this morning, I asked myself the above question. With all of the craziness that has surrounded my little family lately, I took a moment to really think about that.

What things can I truly not live without?

All of us joke about it when faced with this question. How many of you would 'die without chocolate'? Or go ballistic when you can't find your cell phone? Or get absolutely crazy when you're missing your favorite television show? Or watch your kids (or significant other) not know what to do with themselves when they can't play their video games? The list is endless, but you get the idea.

We all know that these things aren't 'necessities' like food, water and shelter. And in this day and age, there are places people the hardest off can go to seek assistance of some kind for all three of these basic needs. What we're focusing on today is that one thing you truly can't not have with you. Let's break down our beautiful quote to get in the right mindset to answer the question.

There are things we don't want to happen, but have to accept. The first idea that comes to mind when reading this sentence is dealing with those pivots that pop up every so often. These are those times that we have absolutely no control over and will happen regardless of the precautions we take to prevent them. Stemming from this are decisions or choices we are confronted with having to make, knowing that no matter which way we go, the end result will effect someone or something else.We 'don't want' to get laid off when there's not enough work. We 'don't want' to have the stock market crash when we have a lot invested in it. We 'don't want' to become so ill that it impairs every aspect of how we're used to productively living our lives. All we have is the power that is within us to understand that, no. I can't control these things or the way other people think or deal with stuff. All I can do is accept the situation for what it is, then figure out my own way of carrying on.

There are things that we don't want to know, but have to learn. Many of us actively avoid knowing certain things because it's easier to stay ignorant about them, than it is to see, deal with or doing our part to change them (if we can). Not seeing what's really going on interferes with overall functioning because you're basically living your life with blinders on. That's not living. Bad things happen every day, some of which are devastatingly tragic. But not being willing to see them allows those things to continue on and fester, perhaps, impairing another person's life. Learning about those things can not only teach us a bit about ourselves, but could also put many other things in a perspective we can understand and live in.

There are people we can't live without, but have to let them go. This one is tough. The connections we allow ourselves to make during our lifetime are basically extensions of how we view the world and how we see ourselves. Relationships, no matter what category they fall into, are very powerful as they can either inspire and build us up, or break us down and crush us. Who we choose to allow in our lives, is one of the few things we do have power to control. One exception to this thought may be work relationships. Although, unless we are in charge of the hiring, we can't control who we work with, but we can control the sort of relationship we have with each person. Another exception is family. No, we can't control who our family is but we certainly have the power to decide what level of relationship to have with them. What I've learned in my years of having relationships come and go, is that you surround yourself with those who are in the same place you are in life and aspire to be, and let the rest go, including family. Remember that no single person in this world has the right to take from you, use you, lie to you, abuse you, belittle you, reduce you, take advantage of you or otherwise make your self-worth seem lower than it is. They are who you have to remove yourself from, no matter how tremendous your feelings are towards them.

So, there you go. Those are my thoughts about this beautiful quote. And my answer to our prompt question? I can live without 'things'. 'Things' that you buy from a store or come in a box can always be replaced. 'Things' don't make you who truly you are. What I can't live without is purpose, which is what the three points above help to create. Purpose gives you a main goal to focus on, drives you to hold on to all that is really important and keeps that inspiration alive that all we do, go through and deal with matters. And it's why I'm still here.

Purpose.

What can you NOT live without?

Happy writing.

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