I had to begin with a tribute to Dr. Seuss! But anyways, what inspired me to write this particular post was when I stopped to think about all the blessings that I have been gifted. For instance, I have many pairs of shoes. Even after giving away 25 plus pairs at the beginning of summer I still have an abundance. I have more shoes than some people will ever have. So I don’t mind sharing what I have with others. It feels good to do so.
Realizing this I started looking at everything around me with a grateful heart. As minute and trivial as it may sound, I also have a lot of…socks! And t-shirts, pants, blouses, skirts, undergarments, coats, jackets, hosiery, lotions, creams, jewelry, pots, pans, silverware, a bed , heat, central air, a job, family, food, letters, cards, friends, vehicles, healthy kids (I hear rich people laughing!)…I could go on and on. I just feel so humbled by it all. I want to keep this feeling forever because gratitude feels so awesome! I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING!
I’ve learned that there is nothing that I “have” to have. I am thankful that I can distinguish between wants and needs. I really want to buy a bigger house, but we don’t need one. Just the fact that we have a house at all puts us ahead of many people in this world. I’ve started looking at things differently, being creative I guess. I have made it my mission to wear everything I own. Not doing so is a waste of money, and if I’m not putting it to use, some else should be allowed to. I’ve challenged myself to use what I have instead of trying to accumulate more stuff. I’ve actually been having fun putting together outfits and discovering new (and old) pieces that have been tucked out of sight or neglected.
I would never label myself a “material girl” and I am most thankful for my intangible blessings. Anytime I am thirsty I can turn a knob and drink until I am full. I have an education that allows me to live comfortably. I am free. Alive. I care for others. I am giving. In the words of Prince, “I’m rich on personality!” This by far outweighs my material networth and I would have it no other way.
I have been toying with the idea of having a “swap” meet with family and friends. I have many things that I don’t use such as a milkshake maker and I can’t forget the salad spinner. Or the Tea Drop. Maybe I could trade those items with someone else for some treasure of theirs. Anyone want a Milkshaker?