What is it that we need in life? Food, water, shelter, clothing, love. A good swimming hole. A reading nook. Friends. Art. Sunshine. Work. Meaning. Chocolate. Red wine. Blueberry muffins. Trips to the oceanside, time on the quiet water, time beside burbling streams, time in the fresh air, time walking on grass instead of sidewalks. Music - playing, singing, listening. God, faith, knowing we are part of something bigger than ourselves that yearns for our salvation: the end of tears, the end of striving.
What do we spend our time on? TV. Commuting. Worrying about things we can't do anything about. Worrying about money, jobs, illness. Being irritated. Trying to lose weight. Laundry. Lying awake at night. Trying to make other people do the things we want them to do while resisting the same efforts others are making towards us. Ignoring the people we are with because we're texting someone else. Wondering if God hears our prayers and if so, why are things so messed up? Pretending not to see poor people, wondering if people really get what they deserve and deserve what they get. Being offended and affronted.