What I wanted vs What I got

posted on: 6.18.2011

© wiissa
It was spring but it was summer I wanted;
the warm days and the great outdoors.
It was summer but it was fall I wanted;
the colorful leaves and the cool dry air.
It was fall but it was winter I wanted;
the beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.
It was now winter but it was spring I wanted;
the warmth and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child but it was adulthood I wanted;
the freedom and the respect.
I was twenty but it was thirty I wanted;
to be mature and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged but it was twenty I wanted;
the youth and the free spirit.
I was retired but it was middle-aged I wanted;
the presence of mind without limitations.
My Life was over but I never got what I wanted.
- poem by a 14 yr old.

When I read this poem, it absolutely wrecked me. How truthful it is! I was even more amazed that a 14 yr old boy had so much wisdom to write this! I am learning contentment. It is so much better than happiness. Happiness tends to depend on circumstances, while contentment does not. It's a secret choice of the heart.
"Happiness is getting what we want; contentment is wanting what we get."
- Linda Dillow

9 Smiles:

  1. wow x so well written!!!
    Yes, everything we have is by grace lone!!!
    we have SO much to be grateful for x We should thank Jesus every day for having the basics x Enjoy every moment with Him & every tiny beautiful detail in life that He shares with us x

    have a blessed day!!!

  2. Oh I love it. That's amazing insight and it is really putting things in perspective for me as well. It's something I need to remember!
    God said joy is better than happiness.
    This be true.

  3. I am stunned at the contempation of the 14 year old that wrote this poem. It touched me, too...possibly that longing that I can relate with...the wanting to have more of whatever that more is. Thanks for sharing. xx

  4. This really is incredibly wise, especially for a fourteen-year-old!

    Seasons of contentment are humbling, which in turn brings favor. God is, and will be, faithful. Always.

  5. Hello!! It seems it has been ages since we last talked!
    What a lovely poem indeed! I adore it.

    I love the white dress you are wearing in the picture!


  6. your dress. ♥
    your dress. ♥♥
    your dress. ♥♥♥

    I die
    I die
    I die.

  7. I love the poem! <3

  8. that poem is beyond belief. 14. wow. where did you find it?


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