Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
One thing that strikes me as odd is how so many people are surprised by the fact that I live in a house that has roughly 950 sq. ft. of living space and I choose to live there. The expectation, as I understand it, is that I should desire something bigger; more rooms, larger property.
Why would someone be surprised that I’m not happy in my little home? Why would someone assume that I want more of my possessions? That is what strikes me as odd. When its broken down like that, its bizarre in a humurous way, agree?
If we are not grateful for what we already have, how do we know that we will be grateful with more?
I am grateful for the low-maintenance garden, the teeny kitchen that requires creative storage ideas, a roof that doesn’t leak and a refrigerator that is filled with healthy food. My husband and I save money living small; we can’t buy too much “stuff” because space is limited, heating and cooling is cheaper, maintaining, repairing and updating is on a small-scale. Where we are in our lives now, this fits us well.
This “enlightenment” of mine is something that has really settled in my mind and taken up permanent residence during this past year. I realized something very important…
I already have everything that I need to be happy.
And I really do.