I have often wished that I could draw. I can’t. Even my doodling cycles through rudimentary basics: a stick figure, a house, a tree, a flower and a heart. That’s about it. The result is that I’ve always admired cartoonists and animators every stripe.
A friend recently reminded me of a cartoon I used to keep on my office bulletin board at least 4 jobs ago. Who knows what’s become of it. She and I can recall everything about the cartoon except the cartoonist’s name, and that’s a shame. We remember it not because it was hilarious; but, because it wasn’t.
Using my only graphic skills (AKA cut-and-paste), I tried to re-create what I remember as being a very simplistic drawing. It was the type of cartoon that makes people smile, not guffaw. It didn’t take my friend and I long to see that its deeper message is the same one delivered by spiritual teachers throughout time:
We already have everything we need.
Without the ‘right’ clothes, the smartest smartphone, the richest husband, and even mini-Me children, we live. We thrive. Things and people outside of ourselves complement us; they don’t complete us.
How to get what you really need? Start with awareness of what you already have.