To find our riches and our fame,
The love for us will roll from lips
Of strangers, friends and family
All hoping they can bathe in light
Emitted from our regal bodies,
Casting warmth to toast their fingers,
Palms turned up to take in heat.
But what will happen when that fire
That rages in our bodies dies?
Will they turn away, bundled in their coats,
Shaking heads at what a disappointment we have been?
We have to do it for the fun of it,
The simple joy of having done a most fantastic thing.
We mustn’t do it for the love, the adoration
Or the Facebook likes. That will sap
The peace we crave underneath the fame.
I was reading Matt Haig’s Notes On A Nervous Planet and there was one of the notes that really stuck out for me. It was about our need for ‘things’ and I know that it is something that I struggle with, looking at what other people have and wishing that I had it too.
However, he made a really great point that wanting can also be seen as lacking. It is fine to want something; I guess that as humans we are programmed to need some goals and there would be no point in working if you couldn’t treat yourself once in a while. But that feeling of needing a new pair of jeans means that there is something lacking somewhere else in us.
It’s something that I’ve known and understood for a long time, but it did make me stop reading and take a moment to think about the message. I think it’s something that we all need to stop and think about sometimes. We are at our happiest when we are just being, so I know that this week I’m going to spend a bit more time enjoying the moment.
2 thoughts on “the reasons why we do it”
Your poem and post really resonated with me. I think you’re right that wanting things is almost natural to humans. But it can lead to such sorrow, if you think about it. Buddhism teaches that wanting things is the source of our unhappiness and sorrow in life, and that if we stop wanting, we find more contentment. I’m not Buddhist myself, but I’ve always liked that idea.
So well-said. Here’s to now.