Tuesday, March 2, 2010
What are you hungry for?
I could hear the conversation over the grinding and crunching sounds of my poor printer. It had bitten off more than it could chew, and apparently so had my four-year-old son. He came in to ask me for dessert, and as I gritted my teeth and wrestled a piece of paper from the maws of ink destruction, I growled at him to go away.
His shoulders slumped as he shuffled off, and a stream of muttering hung in the air. The printer sympathized with its own whining and groaning, and I glared at them both for being difficult. As he rounded the corner into the family room, the muttering turned to whining, which turned into fitful tears.
Another country heard from: "What are you cryin' about?"
"Daaaaaddddeeeee, I huuunnngrrrrryy!"
I could hear the irritation building over the racket of the machine. "Then why don't you eat more of your dinner?"
"Noooo, I hungry for rock caaaannnddyy!" And the little man emphasized his point to the big man with a stamp on the floor for good measure.
"Then you're not hungry. You just want the candy. Hungry is different. Hungry is when you have a hole you need to fill..." and with that the printer gave up the fight and loosed the paper I had been sawing back and forth on as I listened. With a sigh of relief and a malevolent glare at the beast, I reset my document's printer settings and settled in to listen more to the philosophical discussion around the corner, but it was done. The gentlemen had moved on to more interesting pursuits, wrangling bathtime.
So that was it. "Hungry is when you have a hole you need to fill." How many times do we realize that we want something, but not enough to fight for it? We're just not hungry for it. On the other hand, how many people do we know, maybe even ourselves, who feel a hunger gnawing away a hole that we just can't fill? When does hunger fuel our work, and when does it burn away our hope?
Yes, there is a difference between want and hunger. What are you hungry for?