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SOUL ISSUES: Happy and Hungry 


Rev Liz Petipren

By Reverend Liz Petipren



You have probably been exposed to two universal views that seem to contradict each other. One states that you have everything you need to be happy right where you are, and the spiritual path calls you to find joy and satisfaction with the gifts you have been given. The other posits that life is about expansion, growth, and reaching beyond limits, so you should never settle for less than what you really want, and you should keep going for your grandest dream.

I think a good suggestion for a balance may be, that a healthy attitude to life is to be both happy and hungry.  

We can find well-being and wholeness right where we stand, but at the same time we can enjoy the adventure of reaching for more. These universal views do not contradict, but actually complement each other. 

Consider, for example, your home, career, or relationship. You can have a nice house, a good job, and a rewarding partnership. Yet part of you may be yearning for more. Do not berate yourself for being selfish, but celebrate your natural aspiration for expansion. This does not mean you need to get a new home, job, or mate. But you may need to look for ways to improve on what you have and create your richer desired scenario. 

A rewarding life embodies a healthy balance between happy and hungry. If you become too complacent with what is, you may get stuck in a rut, and life may present you with a surprise to help move you along. But, if you are constantly seeking more and better without appreciating and honoring what you have, some event may force you to just be where you are, with what you have, so you can learn to celebrate the good at hand. 

Life is a balancing act that can be fun if you let it. Appreciation and striving both have a vital role in your well-being and success. Be at peace with what you have and what you want. 

Affirmation: “I appreciate what I have as I joyfully reach for more.” 

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