The Wanting

Often in life, the wanting is more exciting than the actual getting.  You can imagine how great it will be, what you will do with it, and how proud of it you are because it exceeds your wildest expectations.  You dream about how much better you will feel from having it and you can’t wait to share it with your friends.

Sometimes the getting is a bit disappointing as it wasn’t exactly what you expected, and it doesn’t deliver the satisfaction that you expected.  Instead of joy, you are disappointed, hanging your head down low and escaping into a dull silence of unfulfillment.  My Daddy often would say be careful what you ask for because you may get it.  Once gotten you own it, for better or worse it is yours.

Daddy never owned a lot; he was careful only to get things that he would be proud of and would take care of. 

He loved the art of shaving and had an ivory handled razor, brush and shaving bowl.  I still have them, and I will leave them to my son in hopes that he will value them as well.

There should be value in the things you want in life and you should be prudent in what you want and what you get.  When he passed away, I was surprised at how little he owned. Being a cabinet builder, he had the best tools and would tell you to never go cheap when you bought your tools.  His clothing was modest but of a good quality and he took care of them.  He would always tell me to be careful of the wanting because it could overburden you in life.  His one luxury in life was a black 49 Ford Pickup.  He would whistle while he washed and waxed it, then standing back to admire it he would smile a smile of pure joy.  I drove that Pickup for many years after he was gone and will always cherish the memories.

Point Of View

The wanting can be a powerful thing in life.  Its promise can cause you to have more than you need or more than you can afford.  Daddy preached to us that if you can’t afford it you don’t need it.  More often than not the things the wanting makes you purchase end up in black plastic bags and a burden to those you leave behind.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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