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Oh, this morning. I was doing my happy dance. Not only is it the first day of Autumn but it was raining steadily to boot. I’m a morning person that is usually up by 5:30am (wasn’t always but have trained myself to get up early) but this morning I lingered in bed for an extra 15 minutes just soaking in the peace and quiet and rhythmic pat, pat, pat of the rain on my window.
As I was laying there, a feeling of contentment washed over me. Here I was, lucky to have a warm, comfy bed complete with fluffy pillows and warm blankets, a cell phone that I can communicate with friends and family both local and afar, a computer, a job I enjoy, a kitchen stocked full with food, plenty of clothes to choose from, an older but well-running car, good health, several books, that not only do I own but can read, in addition to several books that I am able to borrow from the library for free.
In those 15 minutes of relaxation, I realized how very blessed I am and that the things I just listed make me rich. I may not make a huge salary but I have all my needs met. I have tons of fun things I can do within a short drive that are either free or super cheap, I can make frugal, healthy meals that taste better than what I can usually find in a restaurant (and the ambiance is usually much nicer!), I can update my clothing selection by visiting a local thrift shop that tends to have higher quality clothing, and I can get more books/movies from the library or by using Swagbucks gift cards I’ve earned to buy on Amazon.
My point is this: if you take a moment to think, even briefly, of all the things you have going for you, you will realize how very rich you already are. That doesn’t mean to stop striving for excellence and for other things you want to bring to your life. Rather, it means that you enjoy the journey along the way. I truly believe that gratitude brings more of what you want into your life. We all just have to open our eyes to see what we have and then live intentionally to bring what we really want into our lives. Not what the consumerist part of our society says, but what would truly add value to our respective lives. Sure, a nice, new car is fabulous but what about the payments? That gorgeous 5,000 square foot home in a tony part of town might be the talk of your friends but what about the mortgage, not to mention the maintenance that you’ll have to deal with for years to come? Or how about even less insidious events like schlepping the kids to several activities per week per child because that’s what everyone else is doing too?
Take a moment to really think about what you want and if it’s truly worth having. And if it is, can you buy a slightly used car, buy a smaller home in the same great neighborhood and limit your children’s activities to one per week per child? It’s okay to do things a bit differently than what everyone else is doing and still meet the same goals.
In fact, by doing so, you can also wake up, spend a few extra moments letting contentment wash over you and enjoy your life rather than waking up with dread because you’ve overextended your money, time and ultimately your life.
The choice is yours.