A few years ago, I shared this short post from Zen Habits by Leo Babauta. And after yesterday’s conversation about contentment I started thinking about it again — and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. It’s a different take on contentment.
In a nutshell, the post is about countering the tendency to do and have as much as possible. It’s about leaving a little reserve in the tank, leaving a little to be desired.
It’s about leaving yourself wanting more — and liking it.
Leo applies the concept to travel, exercise, food, and work. But it’s something that can be easily applied to our closets, too — and I found that so encouraging and thought-provoking right now.
During my own personal season of discontent, could it be that my “wanting more” urges could be reframed as something positive, something to be kept and savored? Instead of something that’s constantly sending me out to consume more?
Like, when you were a kid, remember the anticipation of a wrapped present? You had no idea what’s inside, and for a moment you live in possibility. You almost don’t want to open it because as soon as you do, the feeling of possibility will be gone. While it’s still wrapped, anything could be inside!
I want to start treating my “wanting more” urges like that present, and just live in that possibility for a while.
So tell me, what do you think about Leo’s post? How can we learn to savor, appreciate, and sit with our wanting — instead of immediately acting on it? I’d love to hear your perspective.
For the next several days, Aaron and I will be in Seattle to spend some time with our fam, so there won’t be a new post on Monday or Tuesday. But I’ll see you Thursday!
I hope you have an excellent weekend! :)
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