Friday, February 05, 2010

Desire


Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~Epicurus

18 comments:

Joni aka Jett said...

Good one. I love this photo too! Please tell your audience where you found this house!

word verification is: istax
Yuck...tax season!

Devika said...

I choose to disagree:

Desire is a sign of life.....I would say desire, desire, desire....if one is achieved, go for the next...and be alive :)

but, for me, i choose to try this one:

“I used to desire many, many things, but now I have just one desire, and that's to get rid of all my other desires,” John Cleese

Nice photo as always, GZ :)

wishes,
devika

Devika said...

Oh well, there are contexts when Epicurus is right :)

wishes,
devika

Diana Evans said...

so so true!!! we all need to be grateful for what we have!!!

get zapped said...

joni - hey - good eye! For all you viewers: this photo is part of the lighthouse grounds at Discovery Park in Seattle. The lighthouse is currently undergoing renovation. A cool place to visit!

devika - I like the Cleese quote too - very good one! I see this a matter of not being satisfied and desire overshadow the joy in the present.

diana- nice to see you :)!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

These are such wise words and I adore the picture. Great photo.

Devika said...
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Devika said...

Oh so full of typos:

GZ, I am trying to understand what you are saying....My life is only the present, and I can only "live" the joys and sorrows of it....But there's also that tricky thing about time, that it flips in no time into past, and we are left to cherish the joys of the past.....and that sometimes makes my present sweet, if I can forgo the bad experiences (not forget)

I don't really see "desire" as going beyond the now -- its making the now worthwhile...atleast thats what i try :)

wishes,
devika

Princess Haiku said...

So true; have to remind myself of this.

Tomás Serrano said...

A great sentence, fortunately debatable... It´s fantastic you´ll come to see Salamanca and I could show you it. It´s a wonderful town to visit. Tell me when you´ll come.

get zapped said...

Vanessa – thanks, happy you liked it.

Devika – you are lucky if you can be in the present without the desire to escape the more difficult parts or always wanting more while missing the beauty of the moment. Often in our society folks want more, more, more! Constantly wanting to fulfill the void or hardship with new toys, gadgets, relationships etc. I’m not saying that desire in entirely bad, it’s just good to see what is underlying it.

Princess- it’s a good reminder at times.

Tomas- it’s good to debate and see differing sides to a point. We can at least agree to disagree ☺ I will let you know when my plans are in action. I’d love to have you show me your beautiful city!

Devika said...

I understand GZ :)

My present is sometimes difficult...though we say "joys" of the present, its not always about...

I just have to tide it off, when after a while i feel happy that I've overcome --ofcourse, faith in God and self helps....

Desire -- can become the cause of unsatifaction, anger and hatred....the desire i was talking was about the life-force, GZ

wishes,
devika

get zapped said...

Devika - I like that you get to the bottom of things and make folks think (and feel). I can totally relate to the life-force of desire. I'm dancing with that right now - desiring (for my soul) a trip abroad, for an extended time. It's partly a means of escape, but what lies deeper is a true need to explore, to seek, to fulfill a yearning, and to grow from the inside out. Thanks for your support. :]

Devika said...

Thank you too GZ, for the space and understanding :)

I love talks that clarify our understanding of life and its questions :)

wishes,
devika

heidi Younger Illustration said...

Lovely lighting in this wonderfully composed photo. Thanks for sharing.

Crafty Green Poet said...

this is a lovely photo, i love the sun reflected in the windows. Wise quote, I think it's not about desire being wrong but that if you allow desires for new or different things to take over then they spoil things. If we never felt any sort of desire then we'd never do anything....

Deepak Acharya said...

No life without desire :)

Cergie said...

Yes I agree : alway remember what you got and enjoy what you will get. We only have two hands...
And the picture is wonderful. A simple wooded house opened towards the sun. A room upstairs and a chimney. What else to be happy ?