Self-Help

Appreciation

Appreciate what you have before it becomes what you had. Think back to all the times you have given a gift to someone. If they just let dirt pile up on it, how would it make you feel? What if you gave them a car and they threw old banana peels in the back seat. Or if you handed someone the keys to a house and they let weeds pile high around it and junked it up on the inside. If you are as big of a hypocrite as I have been, do you even deserve what you have?

Look at what you do have. Make a list if need be. Chances are, you have a lot of things. We overlook what we see every day just because we are used to it. When we become conscious of what we have, we may be surprised just how much it really is. Stop obsessing over what you don’t have. Desire doesn’t bring what you want any closer to you. If it did, people would not be starving and there would be mansions everywhere. No, wanting something won’t change anything. Something must be done. Make what you have better. Clean that car! Its interior may be looking rough but don’t let it be unorganized. Keep it tidy. Get a vacuum and sweep up the dirt. Be sure to get those filthy French fries from in between the seats too. Clean the dust off the dash. Shine it up.

Be a good steward of what you have. Show appreciation for it. Practice being grateful. Yes, I said practice. It needs to become a habit in your life. Anytime you feel a pull that is too strong, that you won’t be happy until you get…. resist it. It is ok to want more from life. Just be happy even when you don’t have it.

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  1. Reminds me of an old car your dad and I got early in our marriage. Ugliest car you ever saw, but we wash and waxed it up and drove it for several years. Good reminder to be thankful for what we have.

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