Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"You must unlearn what you have learned."

Here’s the thing about Wanting Things. Wanting Things can make you do some really crazy things. It can reveal really surly and less pleasant things about your character. If you’re me, it can turn you into the basest of creatures, ready to beg, borrow, pout, plead, barter, convince and otherwise manipulate people. Or you know, in this case, God. And if you’re me, you will tell your husband of this internal struggle with your natural (wo)man, and he’ll say “be careful with that! The Thing you are Wanting may not be the Thing you are supposed to be Getting!” (or some such wise-ish thing.)

And you know, of course, that he is right. And it’s not like you actually resorted to any of those tactics, anyway. But still! That those tactics are just sitting there, little arrows in your quiver! Handy tools in your toolbelt! (If, you know, you suddenly took up archery or carpentry as a profession. . . )

Then, not even 5 minutes pass into oblivion before that same husband resorts to pouting to get what HE wants. . . . AHA! Confirmed! You are not the only one!

Mayhaps it is a human weakness, this urge to convince, to cajole, to coerce? Either way, you read your patriarchal blessing to get yourself on the right track with Wanting Things and you are freshly reminded exactly how it is that where much is given, much is expected.

[Title quote is from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back"]

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