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Re: If you could have ONE THING???
Funny you should ask this question... I'm in the middle of reading a book called "Stumbling on Happiness", by a guy named Daniel Gilbert. It's not a new-age self-help book, it's a book about psychological and economics research into the way people behave and decisions they make to find happiness.
The conclusion of a lot of these researchers is that because of how our brain processes the past and present, and how we imagine the future, it's virtually impossible for us to actually know what's going to make us happy. The fact is, our ability to imagine the future is pretty limited, and it looks a lot like the present. If you ask people what they want, they'll tell you based on their present life (see the answers above). However, the likelihood that you're actually going to want that thing, even 1 year in the future, is surprisingly low, because by then you'll be a different person and want different things. And it is impossible for you to imagine that future person and what will make him happy.
So, when you ask someone what the one thing is that they want, it's likely that when they get it, they'll already have changed their mind and want something else.
Short answer to your question: If I could have ONE THING, it would be, I would like to know with certainty what's going to make me happy for the rest of my life so I can do things today that are more likely to bring that about.
Oh, and also a Garmin Zumo.