(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)
When something is simply not currently present in your life — and many things you want probably aren t currently present — you can still be fine. You can desire those things. Work toward them. Even have them not show up. And your life can still be terrific.
To experience lack is to feel that something is missing in your life, something you really need in order to feel whole or at least okay. This distinction is about the presence or absence of that feeling. The feeling of lack throws things out of kilter.
To make progress with this distinction you might want to ask yourself why you feel lack and make a list of the areas in which you feel that way.
Once you let go of the feeling of lack, you can more easily work on having what is currently not present in your life.
Copyright 2004 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.