We all need many things to meet basic requirements of our physical bodies. I would not enumerate those because everyone knows it. In this article I do not intend talking about basic needs because those are not only unavoidable but also common to all human beings irrespective of race, color and geographical location etc. What I want to talk about is other things that go with social needs or status.
When it comes to social status, we decide our own needs but more often than not we mix up the needs and desires. Needs always have a limit but desires are endless. For example, a person needs a reasonably good car to move around but desires to own the most expensive one so that he can boast around and impress others; needs a house where his family could live comfortably but builds a house as big as a palace if not bigger; struggles to pile up money so that he could be called a rich person and so on. He desires even those things that he genuinely does not need. And thus he taxes his health and ruins his present for what is not essential for a comfortable and respectable living. He fabricates his own definition of respectable living and pursues his self-decided goals. This satisfies his ego, not the needs. At the end of the day, he dies with regrets that he could not get such and such thing or could not do what he wanted to. The fact he forgets is that there is no limit to desires; even kings cannot meet of theirs.
None cannot get or achieve everything in lifetime. There is no point in running after things that we don’t genuinely need and making our life miserable by filling it up with tension. There are other things in life that need our tie and attention. It is always better to prioritize our needs and desires, lead a simpler life and pay attention to matters that merit our attention more.
Muhammad Akram Khan, Reiki Master/Teacher