Delving into Want
Delving into the want and becoming aware of how we are using this word in every aspect of our life allows us to question how we think about our desires and deficiencies.
The word “want” as a verb implies a desire to possess or do something or a wish for it. However, its origins reveal a different meaning. In Old Norse, the term “vanta” signified “to be lacking or wanting.” This meaning persisted as it transitioned into Old English as “wana” or “wanian.” And continued to represent a state of absence, lack or scarcity.
Consequently, when we want something, we signal an underlying sense of need or a yearning for something that is missing in our lives.
Considering the implications of using the word ‘want,’ we become aware of the effects it has on our mindset and actions. And by being mindful of delving into ‘want,’ we may discover that it invokes a feeling of deficiency or lack within us.
Becoming aware of the energy behind our words is powerful. When we are delving into want, are we sending a message about shortcomings or lack? Are we simply saying “I don’t have this”?
Picture a workplace where someone frequently states, “I want a promotion.” Might this evoke feelings of inadequacy or lack? And because it is a “want’ it gets us caught up in what we don’t have.
By finding alternative ways to express our intentions, we shift our focus to our abilities and purpose. It’s up to us to be mindful of the language we use and the intentions behind it. When we know we are enough, and what our enough is in every aspect of our life, we are conscious of our abundance and natural ability to thrive. We no longer want for external validation, for example.
The power of being aware of the energy behind our words cannot be understated. Delving into ‘want’ helps us question the messages we convey about our perceived shortcomings or lack. In doing so, we shape our thoughts and actions, promoting a healthier mindset.