Wanting What You’ve Got

“It’s not having what you want
It’s wanting what you’ve got” – I have a lot. I have a comfortable life. Compared to many, I have an easy life. I have just about anything I could ever want. But I get sucked in sometimes, thinking it’s not enough. And I’m not talking just about material things – I’m talking about another degree, more time to volunteer at the kid’s school, cook more from scratch.

“I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame” – I’d like to blame the economy. It has been extra tough on us this past year. My husband has his own acupuncture practice and insurance doesn’t always cover “voodoo medicine.” People have to pay out-of-pocket. So it’s one of the first “extras” to go. We’re noticing the tight squeeze and it hasn’t been comfortable for us – but we’re managing. So every time I feel lame I try to focus on what we DO have.


“I’m gonna soak up the sun
While it’s still free
I’m gonna soak up the sun
Before it goes out on me” – The weather this week is going to be gorgeous. Low 80’s. Sunny. Spring is in full swing. So today, I’m gonna soak up the sun. Lay any money worries aside and just relax and enjoy this moment. Right now.


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26 responses to “Wanting What You’ve Got

  1. This song always makes me smile! Enjoy the weather, sweet Jane!

    ps: “voodoo medicine” made me laugh!

  2. Nicki

    Love, love, love the attitude and the song!

  3. I know what you mean. With 2 kids in school I can freak out any time I stop to think about bills. But what good will that do me?? There are so many little pieces of grace to grab out of life each day.
    Thanks Jane!

  4. Lovely simple truth.
    Thank you.
    (love that song too)

  5. When you compile your soundtrack could I please have a copy of the CD?

    Hang in there, Jane. You’ve got the right attitude!

    PS – Do you have all the yucky Live Oak pollen in GA that we have in FL?

  6. angelcel

    I love this song, partly because of those fantastic lines “It’s not having what you want
    It’s wanting what you’ve got” but partly because the whole thing is just so positive.

    And thank you Erica for answering the question I had about pollen. A few US friends have mentioned pollen and I was intrigued to find the culprit. Over here pollen is invisible stuff that floats around in May time and only ever bothers those poor folks with hay fever!

  7. I love your positive attitude and how you always seem to find the perfect song! You ROCK!

    Yeah, pollen sucks…. My eyes have been watering for over a week and the kitties loves going outside and rolling in it and then coming back in and wanting to be cuddled! Yowza!

  8. Yes! Yes! Yes! I feel all of these things so often. One of my goals is to simplify so that I can focus on all of the blessings I have rather than all of those that others have.

    By the way, my good friend is looking for an acupuncturist. If she didn’t live several hundred miles away from you, I would put her in touch with your witch doctor husband. πŸ˜‰

  9. Love this song. Does it say something about my motherhood that I was thinking “sunscreen! sunscreen!” the whole time??

  10. love love love and LOVE!!!

    did i mention love???


  11. That’s they key, trying to enjoy the “now”. We can’t take it with us after all.

  12. A good thing to remember — I’ve been in that “wishing I were at a different place in my life” mindset recently because of some setbacks. But you’re right, there are things to cherish right now.

  13. unabridgedgirl

    Thanks for this post, Jane. Sometimes I get caught up in what I want that I forget I have what I need. This was a nice reminder. πŸ™‚

  14. As Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson sang “The Best Things In Life Are Free”, so yeah enjoy the sun while you can!

  15. Mel

    So true Jane, thanks for the positive words in tough times, and the great song. I itch for the same kind of more as you, not things, but knowledge and skills and ways to give that matter. I was feeling a little mopey, sitting with my sick dog, bit now think I need to go soak up some sun! Hang in there, have a good day.

  16. there are some days I vow to see the silver lining, and some days i feel I deserve to focus on the cloud. But danged if the sun doesn’t make everything feel a bit better.

  17. Your positive attitude is inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Methinks that spring and sunshine have helped so many of my writerly friends get by and through and over the thoughts of our day that try their hardest to get us down. Yes. Methinks it has helped me more than I ever remember it will before it springs upon me.


  19. I’m soaking up the virtual sunshine and the pink glow from those gorgeous blooms on your new header. Happy Tuesday!

  20. So ever since Ally McBeal, I pay attention to what my “theme song” is for my life that particular season or year. And this was TOTALLY one of them a few years ago. Yay! I love hearing it because it brings the time back to me instantly.

  21. It’s always good to try to look at the bright side of things if possible. πŸ™‚

  22. That first quote from the song really struck a chord in me. I really feel that’s true. It’s wanting what you have that’s important, because then you can appreciate. Just like you’re doing now – soaking up the sun, laying your worries aside for a time and remembering the things you have and how much they mean to you.

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