But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need
(You Can't Always Get What You Want - Jagger/Richards)
We all need God above
We all need a little time
We all need money and love
But when we got all we need, it's never enough
(Rodeo Drive - Terry Scott Taylor)
Santa Claus is comin' and the kids are gettin' greedy
It's Christmas time
They know what's in the stores because they've seen it on the TV
It's Christmas time
(Christmastime - Larry Norman)
I need a new car. I need a new phone. I need a bigger house.
I'm an English teacher. And as such, I sometimes recognise we confuse the words need and want. How about those in the world who really need things. Like clean water, food, education, peace, freedom and so on.
A couple of years ago Arran and I came up with an idea. Rather than give each other Christmas cards and small presents (usually chocolate - which I really don't need more of) we have a communal card which we all sign for each other. And then we donate the money we've saved on cards and gifts to Oxfam. This year we raised closed to a thousand dollars, and 'purchased' 6 donkeys and 2 goats.
Personally, I know what I want, but what do I need? (And I won't list those things that I think I need - otherwise I'd sound trite and cliched.)
Since this is a writer's blog, I certainly want to publish more. And I do need my friends.
So, in no real order, writerly thanks to Arran and Peter (friends, colleagues and first-readers).
Thanks to David McDonald (new friend, comrade-in-arms, peer and crit-buddy).
Thanks to Gitte Christensen (comrade-in-arms, encourager and peer).
Thanks to Paul Haines (friend, mentor and music buddy).
Thanks to editors and publishers who have taken a chance with my work over the past 12 months (Keith Stevenson, Tehani Wessely & Jodi Cleghorn).
Thanks to writers, editors, fellow travellers and readers I was published alongside, people I met on forums, at cons, workshops, festivals, meetings, discussion groups and book launches. (Too many to mention)
Thanks to my family and my in-laws (encouragers, and ever-proud).
Thanks to my best friend, Fenna (encourager, motivator, dreamer, teacher and critic).
Mostly, thanks to my wife, Lindsey. (for absolutely everything).
Have a Merry Christmas. And I hope you get what you need.