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It takes a village to raise a child.
-- African proverb


Friday, November 28, 2008

Deeper desires

What you think you want is usually not really what you want. Most of the time, what you think you want is merely a clue, a hint, a pointer to what you truly desire.

Every purpose within you has countless avenues for expression. There’s no need to abandon the purpose if just one or two of the many possible expressions don’t work out.

When you feel that you want something, challenge yourself to find the deeper desire that’s responsible. Ask yourself why, and be completely honest with your answer.

If you pursue life’s fleeting, superficial wants, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment, even when you get what you want. Instead, take the time to understand your deeper desires, and you’ll find countless ways to bring real, meaningful and lasting value to life.

The more deeply you connect to a desire, the more options you’ll have for fulfilling that desire. When your conscious desires align with your true purpose, you will always find a way.

When there’s something you want, ask why, again and again until you uncover a purpose so authentic that it cannot be denied. And when you do, you’ll also see that your desire has already begun to be fulfilled.

— Ralph Marston

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