All or Nothing? “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything?
I can not fathom this thought, but then again It is too deep to understand. “When we want it all, are we approaching a state of wanting nothing at all?” Perhaps… yes. I see it this way, when we want a lot or almost everything, what we really want is nothing. For instance, when we are in denial or in a situation that we are trying to ignore completely, we try to occupy ourselves with all and everything than actually facing the problem.
Pain is painful and be it physical or emotional we would give anything to just move away from it – To have that peace and sanity back we would want to have all the things that we think would help us heal, while in reality we do not need anything but solitude. I read some where that, “for two halves to be one, each half must be whole in itself”. I agree, although it is more of a love/relationship advice, it is my point.
Sometimes when we think we want every other thing, all that we really need is to work out a few issues on our own in solitude to get that clarity of mind again and that heals us. Other times we need to talk it out and all we need is a good listener, but not everything. I am pointing in the direction of finding inner peace, like in the movie Kung Fu Panda 2, and I think Sylvia Plath needed hers.
And as far as wanting everything or nothing is considered, both are dangerous. You must have heard the saying that, too much of anything is not good, it applies here. Neither wanting nothing nor wanting it all is healthy much important is what we call as NEEDs. Sort the needs and the wants and stay away from hoping, wishing and expecting these are what I like to call stress-inducers. Want moderately ’cause you might have all that you need, but as I recently learned/experienced – wanting keeps you going, keeps you motivated and a simple want of being better than you were yesterday does the magic.
By the way the convocation was great. I felt as happy as I was excited for the whole ceremony, It was class apart and I am proud of the way everything went. The loveliest part of it all – meeting friends after a long time.