It Finds You

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 you just might find

You get what you need

Growing up there always seemed to be two camps.  The Beatles camp and The Rolling Stones camp.  Most campers liked both but they thought one was superior to the other.

I was in The Beatles camp, but I had my favorite Rolling Stones tunes.

Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Gimmie Shelter and the song that has the chorus above, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, were some of my favorites.

At some point in my life I realized just how simple and yet profound the chorus to You Can’t Always Get What You Want was, and as I aged the more I experienced those words.After a disappointment, when things didn’t work out as planned, days, maybe weeks, months or even years later I would come to the realization that what actually happened as opposed to what I had wished would have happened was exactly what needed to happen and somehow things worked out for the best.

The other day I experienced another variation of this theme.

Before my wife and I moved South, we decided to sell most of our possessions and use the proceeds to fund the furnishing of our new home.  We would furnish most of our new home with finds from consignment shops, thrift stores, yard sales, auctions, Craigslist, etc..

We researched and found plenty of these places close to our new location and with all the yard sales and Craigslist ads we thought finding what we wanted would be a breeze.

But once we started looking around and visiting these shops on a daily basis we discovered that finding the pieces that fit our vision and our budget wasn’t going to be as easy as we thought.  We began to realize that our vision was becoming more fluid because we just weren’t finding the items that we thought we wanted.

Then one day, as we made another stop at one of the thrift shops that we had just been to the day before, as we looked around at basically the same stuff as our previous visit, my wife found one small shelf for displaying pieces of her many collections that we didn’t sell. We also found a small chair that we thought would clean up and look nice somewhere in our house.

As we were paying at the checkout counter a worker at the store wheeled in a chest of drawers that was part of a bedroom set.  My wife saw it, went over to it, examined it, and as soon as the store manager applied the price tag we bought it.

Voila! We had our first piece of bedroom furniture for the master bedroom.  We paid for the piece and told them we would be back later with our truck to pick it up.

Then as we were walking outside to our car we saw the store truck being unloaded of all the furniture they had picked up that morning.  The store had just cleaned out a condo.

We walked by where they were unloading and again there it was, a complete bedroom set for our guest room.  My wife turned around and went back into the store.  The manager came out with my wife and told her the prices and we bought the entire set.

After weeks of trying to find what we were looking for, or what we thought we were looking for, we found what we needed.

This made me think of the Rolling Stones’ song that kicked off this post.

Later that week as my wife and I were once again back out on our quest to continue to furnish our home, we were once again experiencing the disappointment of not finding what we wanted.  I turned to my wife and said, “You don’t find it, it finds you.”

At the time I thought that was pretty clever until I realized it’s just a variation on what Mick and Keith wrote way back in 1968.

You can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometimes you just might find

You get what you need

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