© September 22, 2006
I know, I just wrote you a couple of days ago, but... this thought hit me earlier this morning and has haunted me all day, so I'm sending it. Originally, I just posted it on Ramblings Lite, but then decided I should send it to everyone.
I went to work this morning and, as is my occasional custom , I stopped at the
little coffee shop to order my "usual" breakfast sandwich - sausage, egg and
cheese on dark rye. A wonderful, cheerful young lady staffed the shop. I bid
her a fine good morning and said, " I'd like my ceremonial breakfast sandwich
and she said, "Okay, but we don't have sausage today..." I said, hmmmm...
SOMETIMES... I just want what I want
! I wanted the sausage, egg and cheese, and I didn't feel
like settling for "the next best thing", because... the next best thing
is not what I wanted, and it wouldn't have satisfied the "craving" I had. It
might have satisfied the immediate hunger pang, but when it was all over... that
"craving" would have still been nagging me.
I like McDonald's Sausage
McMuffin with Egg (there may be a trend, here...). It's my ceremonial travel
sandwich. When I go on a road trip, I *always* stop at the first McDonald's
I get to and buy a Sausage McMuffin with Egg combo with the crunchy hash
browns and the (now not too bad) medium coffee. As is my custom on the
last trip, I stopped at Mickey D's, ordered my sandwich... didn't check
it, got down the road about 5 minutes... opened it and... it was an Egg
McMuffin --hardly the same thing. I ate it! because it was too much hassle to
go back BUT... I still had the craving, so... the very next McDonalds I
got to -- 15 minutes later -- guess what? I pulled in, ordered my Sausage
McMuffin With Egg... CHECKED IT.... ate it.... ahhhh... was good. MMMMmmmmmm. Satisfied the craving. Of course now, I doubled my carbohydrates and was TOO full -- but the craving was satisfied!
that a lot in life! We settle for "close... but no cigar." Good
'nuff ! It's not what I really want, but...it's good 'nuff. We do it
for cars (well... they didn't have it in burgundy right now, but the white
was good 'nuff...); we do it for houses (I really wanted a two-car
garage but...there wasn't one right now), we do it for relationships (well, we don't really talk the way I'd like to, but... it'll come; it's good
'nuff for now...). And while sometimes those decisions are necessary, a
lot of times... they are not. And very often -- I dare say most of the
time -- the "next best thing" we settle for doesn't satisfy the craving,
and now we have TWO problems ! Not only don't we have what we wanted -- and
still have the craving -- but NOW... we're stuck with the color we didn't want,
the house that's in the wrong neighborhood, the nasty sandwich, the unfulfilling
job we hate, the spouse we can't really talk to or... whatever else happens to be the case .
Sometimes... it's worth it to wait for -- or work for -- what we
really want. Sometimes... settling for good 'nuff, is not in our best
interest. But those are the decisions we have to make every day.
before you settle for good 'nuff next time... be sure that you really
need to. Sometimes, good 'nuff is right around the corner from the "real
deal." After I settled for that white Hyundai Sante Fe back in 2001...
the burgundy one came in the next day . I reeeeeeeally liked the burgundy one (sigh). Oh well...
maybe the next time I buy a car...
Have an awesome day.