When I was young, peanut butter sandwiches were the go-to-meal for "hard times". Many of you can relate, there's nothing like a peanut butter or bologna sandwich when you are hungry. I have to admit, I haven't had a "burnt bologna" sandwich in over a decade- but peanut butter... peanut butter sandwiches remind me of how far I've come and why it is so important that I remember where I came from.
Stay with me on this one. It's not just about peanut butter...
Not long ago, spending $20 was a big deal. Not because I was poor; not because I'd never had a $20 bill; but because, having $20 meant that I could buy at least 10 jars of peanut butter. For those that do not know, having unexpired peanut butter in the cabinet means that you should never go hungry. Peanut butter can be spread on bread, a cracker, a pretzel, a carrot- or just a spoon; it is one of those universal items that provides fulfillment and satisfaction of a lot of taste-buds at a low cost. The value of peanut butter is, therefore, not in the dollar amount but in the necessities that it satisfies. I open my cabinet sometimes to get a reality check; to remind myself that I'm still working for the endless supply of peanut butter. How often do we forgot that everything we want is not what we necessarily need? Peanut butter reminds me of that.
I reflect on conversations that I have with people, young and old, about their needs. I hear a lot of wants but seldom do I hear needs. When we satisfy the things that we need, perhaps, we can get to the things that we want. It's a process; one in which requires an investment of sacrifice and a prioritizing of real needs to wants. For those of you that enjoy analogies: We may need peanut butter, but do we really need jelly? How do we ever get to what we truly want if we've yet to establish what we need?
There are 3 things that I know I need: HIM, inspiration, and purpose. Each essentially lead me to all the other things that I want: Success, love, and the right kind of power. Success is not defined by money; it's defined by how the money effects my life. If the money doesn't bring me joy and happiness- it doesn't matter. If love doesn't bring me lifelong relationships of family, friends, and the right matrimony for me- it doesn't matter. And, if power doesn't qualify me to help others grow- it's not worth it.
I don't want a life without peanut butter. Peanut butter keeps me down-to-earth and balances my humbleness and modesty; most of all it inspires me to never backdown from my needs and to recognize my blessings. If you step back just for a second and look at what your absolute needs have brought to your life, you will find that they have gifted you just as many of your wants than actually "wanting" for them brings.
I lust for life. The invigorating type of life that brings LIVING alive. This is a difficult concept for many to understand; it sounds redundant and naive to some. But, what is life without living it and what is living life without knowing WHY you're in it? If you ever have said you are blessed, acknowledge what that means. Accept that it means you have peanut butter in your cabinet: An essential part of your needs and a true nurishment to living.