The Power of a Word

Echoing through my head this morning as I awoke was the word “want.”  Want, as defined by www.merriman-webster.com, means to have a strong desire for.  When you want something, it is based on your craving.  It has a pleasant implication.  We want to get fit.  We want to be good people.  We WANT to write.  Getting what we want makes us happy. Conversely, the word “need” has a more pressing connotation.  Defined by the same site as “obligation,” need feels like pressure.  Those of us that are rebels in our rights find the words “want” and “need” to be polar opposites.  The word “need” arouses a sense of duty, thusly causing a nauseous fluttering  in the pits of our stomachs.  Pretending to be commanders of our affairs, we want to do things of our own accord.

In proof of this theory, this morning a situation NEEDED my attention, but I happily put it off and pushed it aside until I WANTED to take care of it.  Changing one word changed my perception, my mood and my approach.  Testing said theory on other issues proved to be just as fortuitous. 

For many, fitness and nutrition are allusive concepts in this life .  However, as soon as I decided that I WANTED to take that step (as opposed to NEEDED to), a burden lifted from my shoulders.    I even managed to pay the treadmill a visit because of this new angle.  Perhaps we should rid ourselves of the word need unless we are discussing the biological needs of organisms.

The power of a word can transform you.  The power of a word can channel positive energy.  The power of a word can empower you to get what you want.

What do you WANT?