"Thou hast lacked nothing"

A few years ago, a friend of mine set an interesting goal for himself. He said he wanted to remove the words I need from his vocabulary!

It was an understandable comment. We were working together in a brand-new department; we had a very heavy workload, inflexible deadlines, and very few resources. It seemed as if every comment being made (and some were voiced quite strongly!) began with "I need. ..." Perhaps my friend was becoming aware of a pattern that was beginning to trouble me, too. It could be described as a growing certainty that each day you would be without something you needed.

June 15, 1992
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