I have a friend who shared with me her mantra on getting what she wants. According to her, if you want to achieve something, you have to stop yourself from wanting it. Apparently, Andy Warhol also says so: As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it. However, it poses to me the question of not wanting something because, deep inside, you want it. It seems like you show a face that does not like something but deep within you, the liking does not stop. Of course, it depends upon the person. If not wanting something is truly performed, then probably, it will be given to you. No one knows how the mechanics work, but somehow, it does for some people.
This then negates praying and believing and hoping for the best. Instead of having faith that things would go for the better, you stop yourself from wanting the betterment to happen. You make yourself believe in the resolve that what you have now is enough. While it leads you toward a sense of fulfillment, there might be a message of not believing in the goodness of the all-powerful creator. This brings forth religion and other issues, so I better veer away from it.
Anyway, things get blurry and the visions go hazy. It could be anything and anything could indeed happen. Postmodernistic as it may sound, there would have to be multiplicity of meaning, blurring of lines, and overlapping of ideologies in what seems to be a world that should not, after all, be problematized. We have the truths that we believe in. Other people might say otherwise, but we should hold on with what we believe, whether it is wanting something so badly or not wanting anything at all to get what we want. The world is messed up like that. It is an organized kind of mess, a world where things clash only to lead to even deeper abyss of unexplainability.
My point is, wanting something is fine with me. But the concept of wanting should be cleared. When you want something, what do you do with it? Do you do everything just to get it, even it means compromising what you already have for what you have? Do you know when to want more and when to stop? Do you know if you really want it and how far you are willing to go to achieve it? Do you know what happens next when you get what you want? And do you go wanting and wanting to the point that you forget to live? These questions and more can question not only the mantra my friend has presented to be but the whole concept of wanting and believing. Everything is a possibility, and as these beliefs clash and as reality happens the way we believe them or otherwise, we are left with choosing and wanting certain things to happen still, even if it means we have to not wanting what we want just because we want it.
In the end, things would have to be simple. Wanting something is fine as long as you do not let your wanting cloud your visions of what to believe in. After all, we are in a complex world where anything could happen. You just have to believe.