A healthy person: I want to get rich. I want to live in a mansion and own luxury cars. I want to be recognized. I want to be admired and become famous. I want to inspire and help people and become an influencer; a celebrity. I want to change the world.
A sick person: I want to be healed.
Confucius said it well:
“A healthy man wants a thousand things, a sick man only wants one.”
Wanting things isn’t bad. It’s the belief that “we can have all of them the way we imagined them”.
It’s OK to have desires. But we must learn to choose them carefully. And embrace unhappiness until we get them.
We can’t eliminate wanting. It’s our default.
What we can do is catch ourselves every time we’re fantasizing. And slowly (or quickly) divert our attention to our most precious gift: A healthy mind and body
Our health is the foundation of everything.
If we don’t have our health, we have nothing.