M. SCOTT MORRIS: You might find, if you try sometimes

A song’s been running through my head lately. You might be able to sing along to the chorus:

“You can’t always get what you want,
“You can’t always get what you want,
“You can’t always get what you want,
“But if you try sometimes, well you just mind find,
“You get what you need.”

That’s from the Rolling Stones, more specifically from the musical imaginations of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

I’ve always been a fan, but the song hadn’t been in heavy rotation. I’m not sure what brought it to mind, because I remember thinking about it first, then seeking it out for my listening pleasure.

• “A word to the wise ain’t necessary — it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.” – Bill Cosby.

As the song suggests, the things we want aren’t necessarily the things we need.

One of the places human beings go wrong is when we mistake one for the other.

Heaven knows I’ve done that a few times. Thankfully, the consequences are usually more uncomfortable than severe.

• “I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” – Jimi Hendrix.

Wants and needs can be tough to distinguish. You can need a vacation and just want it to be in Paris. You can need some time for yourself and just want it to be on a deserted island.

• “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz.

I’ve got a deadline coming up, and can’t tell if it’s a need that feels like a want or a want that feels like a need.

I’m looking for people who thought they needed the high-paying, high-stress job, then decided that wasn’t what they needed at all.

If you or someone you know has traded in the proverbial corner office for enhanced peace of mind, I want and/or need to talk about it. My contact information is below.

• “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C.S. Lewis.

Our wants and needs impact others, but in the end, they come down to personal choice. That could be scary or liberating, depending on how comfortable we are with ourselves.

• “At the center of your being you have the answer: You know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu.

Growing up means accepting certain realities, but wouldn’t it be great if that were easier done than said?

• “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain.

M. SCOTT MORRIS is a Daily Journal feature writer. Contact him at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.