On the Great Leaders’ Hunger and Thirst

In Seth Godin’s blog post, Confusing Hunger and Thirst, great leaders find a moment of pause to reflect on their choices between life’s offerings of material success and happiness and to realize that each plays an important complementary role in achieving their life’s purpose.

If you find yourself stranded in the desert with nothing but an endless supply of chips, you’re going to die within a week. The same thing could happen to you if you had nothing but water to live on. Hunger and thirst are similar, easily confused but very different.

Our culture of corporate consumption tries to persuade us that being hungry is all we need. Hungry to earn more, buy more, save more, spend more. It celebrates the hustler who doesn’t know how to stop, asserting that this person is getting all the fancy prizes because they’re contributing so much. Status is awarded to the unsated hungry person.

But they might still be thirsty. Thirsty for meaning and connection. Thirsty for the satisfaction of creating beauty. More hustle won’t satisfy those needs.

Henry David Thoreau wrote: “How prompt we are to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our bodies; how slow to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our soul.” May we choose to live a life that gives ample satisfaction to each need as the situation requires. In our beautiful hunger and thirst for life may we achieve that magnificent fullness of mind, body, heart and soul that at end of days, we may joyously say: “No regrets! It has been a magnificent and joyous journey. Life has been so very good.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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