I would like to tell you about an interesting group of people who live the islands of Southeast Asia. These people are known as the Moken. Many surrounding cultures that have had encounters
with the Moken have given them the nickname “the gypsies fo the sea” due to the Moken’s nomadic lifestyle which involves moving from island to island and depending heavily on ocean
life for survival.
The Moken where among a very small group of Southeast Asian coastal inhabitants that survived the devastating tsunamis of 2004. They have such a deep connection to the ocean that they could read the behavior of the water long before the tsunamis arrived, thus giving them plenty of time to move to higher ground before the tsunamis struck the islands.
A very interesting fact about their language is that is does not contain any word for want.
Language exists to communicate ideas. The fact they have no word for “want” is evidence that the Moken live without any idea or notion of “want.”
To us Americans who are constantly surround by friends and companies telling us we need this or we don’t have that, it’s hard to image a life without a word for want or desire. Our lives are
even so enveloped in desire that it initally seems sad to us to not have desire. Now, obviouly the Moken have simple desires like the desire to survive/live, to eat, etc. But they have no way of communicating it because it’s not as important to them as it would be to you or me.
Where am I gong with this? New Years Day is the time of year when our focus makes a complete one-eighty. Instead of having a midset of generosity as we often do during the holidays,
we begin to focus on our desires and resolutions.
Our focus becomes centered on us and our own improvement.
Even though it is good to improve one’s self (and I encourage you to do so), let’s not forget the needs of others. What if we forgot our desires or even how communicate them because our focus was centered on the needs of others.
Let’s learn to not be in “wantoness”.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38