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A minister I once knew talked about the ads at Christmas and how they never failed to turn on his “wanter.” I laughed. How well I remember watching the mailbox for the Sears Christmas catalog so that I could snatch it up before my brothers and sisters got hold of it. Skimming through those pages switched on my “wanter” and sent it soaring into high gear. I would grab up my mother’s red pen and circle every toy I wanted—which was many.
Guess what? “Wanters” also get turned on in May. Yesterday a friend showed me her top-of-the line iPad, and I was hooked. I wanted one! Never mind that I got a new iPhone last Christmas and still can only do the basics. Never mind that it more than meets my needs. Never mind! I want an iPad!
Believe it or not, I truly am satisfied, happy, and blessed. So how come I feel I just have to own all the cool toys that yesterday I didn’t even know existed?
When I was in India visiting a school for abandoned girls, I snapped this picture. She could eat for the greater part of a year for the price of a new iPad.
Thank you, young one, for doing what I can’t seem to manage. Thank you for turning off my “wanter.”
“Own only what you can carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. That is all you need.”