Friday, August 30, 2013

What Do People REALLY Need?



What do people really need?  Need to have a satisfying life?  Nothing is said about happiness, but simply satisfying?

This is a tough question, since it has so many possible answers.  Here is a starter list:

A place to call home

A good memory to which to cling

A Plan for their life

Hope

Friends and love


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Minions (I saw “Despicable Me”with gr-kids; it was awesome!)

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A place in which to play freely

A tunnel through which to escape (Despicable Me)


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Safety

Kindness given and received


Okay…What do you think one needs to have for a satisfying life?  What would you add to this list?

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27 comments:

  1. I find HEALTH is very important. It's very difficult to achieve much of the rest on the list if one is incapacitated and/or dependent. There' an old saying: If you have your health, you have everything.

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  2. Hey Sweet Susan, I think it kinda varies from person to person. It's prob a given that we all need shelter from the storm and food but then we have different needs for our happiness. I have only 3 things and it's been the same most of my life.
    l. a gas stove
    2. a wood floor
    3. spring water

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    1. I love them all, esp. spring water. Not everyone knows how wonderful that is.

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  3. I took my girls to see Despicable Me and we were the only ones in the movie theatre laughing! I was like, "Whaaa?" Why are we the only ones laughing here? :)

    In my house, we say, faith, love and family. That's all we need.

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  4. Confirmation of your existence....a smile from others, a piece of mail that isn't a bill, a comment on your blog, an email....confirmation.

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  5. Dear Susan, this list is provocative, that is, it provoked me into thinking about my life and what I've needed in the journey to 77. Your list is a fine one and all I'd add is the following: a sense of contentment (I'm no longer sure what happiness is but I do know contentment); living in gratitude; the sure knowledge that we are One with all creation; time to find the deep center of ourselves and dwell there in Oneness. Peace.

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  6. Hey Susan,

    I can very much relate to your starter list. Indeed, with hope, we cope.

    Surrounding yourself with positive people who encourage rather than discourage. Positivity breeds positivity. Something you most assuredly embrace.

    Have a lovely weekend, Susan.

    Gary :)

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  7. Absolutely! Another great addition to a growing list!

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  8. I think John Ruskin sums this up for me when he says 'The only wealth is life.'

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    1. What a basic truism! Thank you, Carole.

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  9. I believe you started the list with number one, a place to call home. I tried to write more of my first hand experience of the effect on children of a hollow home, but it would take too many pages, and we already understand.

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    1. You could and should put your blogs about this new chapter in your life into a book.

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  10. Health is a big one and someone to come home to is always nice

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  11. Wonderful things on your list, and added by others.
    I need my sense of humour. The ability to laugh at myself in particular, but more generally too. Love and laughter are the top items on my list.

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    1. I appreciate laughter more than I ever have, for so many reasons.

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  12. I agree with all of these suggestions, and would only add chocolate to the list. But I like to watch TV when I'm eating chocolate, so we have to add that too.

    Julie

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    1. Chocolate! How could I have forgotten that one?

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  13. I would add self respect and a shoulder to cry on.

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  14. I'd have to start with the basics of survival--food, clean water and air, shelter. Quality of life starts with those sorts of things and without the quality to survive then we are merely struggling to try to survive and there's not much beyond that. The things mentioned in the post and comments are the pluses that make life more than just surviving.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. We/I often forget just how desperate some lives are, simply for the lack of your list.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!