A friend of mine asked me this week if I was enjoying my new house and getting settled in. My new house...? I had to stop and think. Oh yeah! MY NEW HOUSE!
The truth is, I haven't even thought about my house, or the fact that it is new, in weeks. I still adore my new house, but I don't walk from room to room in awe like I did when I first moved in. I don't pamper my new hardwood floors, or meticulously weed the flower beds, or select paint colors and decor in my head. I have lived here only six short months, and already, I've become accustomed to this house and have begun to take it for granted. I do all of the normal "home" activities here; eat, sleep, relax, read, whatever. But the newness has worn off, and sadly with that, my gratitude has waned. How quickly I forget.
How quickly I forget that just six short months ago, this dream home was just that... a dream. My dream come true actually. After moving around from place to place for most of my life, I had always dreamed of my own home, somewhere that I could put down roots, raise kids, and live happily ever after. I dreamed of this home for 20 YEARS, and it only took 6 MONTHS for my sense of gratitude and wonder to fade?? WTH.
I decided then and there to make more time for gratitude in my life. Yes, I will always be working on the "next thing", and that is ok. I'm an achievement oriented person, and I thrive on new ideas. But that doesn't negate the fact that I have AN ENTIRE LIFE of beauty RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. It is already there, I just need to notice it and take time to appreciate what I have right now on a regular basis.
I especially need to remember this when I'm down and out, wishing that I had this or could do that. It's in those moments when I most need a (gr)attitude check. When we focus on being grateful for what we HAVE, what we don't have seems irrelevant. When I think of my many blessings, or how far I have come and all that God has given me in this life, how on earth could I possibly be down and out for not having more! And what's worse, when I don't cherish the things and people that are in my life - when I don't take care of my house and my car and all of the nice things that I have been blessed with, or when I don't spend quality time with the people that I love, and make sure that they know how special they are to me - how could I dare ask God to give me more?!
Do you need a gratitude check in your life? I hope that you take time everyday to really see all of your blessings and thank your lucky stars for them. How quickly we forget.
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