“Laura?” “Yes, Pa?” “You want some of these new-fangled name cards, don’t you?” Pa asked. “I was just thinking the same thing, Charles,” said Ma. “Well, yes, I do want them,” Laura admitted. “But I don’t need them.” ~ Little Town in the Prairie p. 195
I almost feel like I don’t need to add anything to this paragraph. It’s a great though and one of my favorite standards to live by. There will always be something I may really want but I don’t really need it.
I think the biggest thing here is actually knowing the difference between a want and a need. Sometimes we can get so caught up in wanting something we start to feel more and more like we need it until we decide that we just can’t live without it. Then in our minds it becomes a need…a fake need.
I try pretty hard to keep all my wants to a minimum. Yes, there are things I could buy that might make life easier but do I really need those things? Do they provide me with shelter, nourishment, or warmth? Most of my wants do not.
My needs are the things that make our lives keep going. I need shelter so I need to have a roof over my head. I may want a fancier roof but this one will do. I need nourishment so I can live so I grow food by buying seeds and I grocery shop for the things I cannot grow. I may want goodies or easy made meals from the store, but I don’t need them to live. I need warmth and covering so I must buy clothes or fabric to take care of that need. I may need a winter coat to keep me warm on these below 0 degree days but do I need a $200 jacket with a good label. No.
When you get in that mindset and remind yourself of your real needs, those very basic needs that we have, that can help you separate a want from a need if you get to a spot where you are having trouble. Just remember though, in this paragraph, we read that Laura knew this wasn’t a need, it was a want, but she got it anyways. We are more at danger to start giving in to all our wants if we don’t treat ourselves every once in a while with a small want, or maybe even save up for a big want!
Can you always tell the difference between a need and a want? What wants are hardest for you to keep from turning into a need?
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