When was the last time you just took in a moment of quiet around you? I've had a very couple of loud busy weeks for about the last 2 months. Working like crazy, having company in town, canning the end of the season stuff. You would think that with crazy days like that I would have wanted some easier to make food, rather than the make everything from scratch stuff that I keep in my pantry. Well, if that's what you're thinking...you would be wrong. While getting ready for my conference you might think I'd want some nice new clothes so I don't go looking like the hick from South Dakota....well I don't. I did get a couple of things I need, like the new pair of jeans. I only had one pair of jeans in my closet.
Even though I've been busy lately I still have taken time to reflect on what I have and know that it's enough. It may not be exactly what I would want and there may be things out there I could buy that would make my life easier but I don't think about them. I think about what I have, what I've boughten with what we have, and I'm grateful for that.
It drives my husband wild that I do this when it comes to my birthday or another gift giving holiday but it's just the way I've become. I try not to want. Wanting more is what gets us in to trouble, we see something we want, maybe something someone else has, and we think we need to spend our hard earned money on that want. It's not a healthy pattern to get into.
I think a big part of making the most with what you have is appreciating what we have. If we look at our stockpiles, or at our closets, or anything, and all we can see is the things we wish we had there we won't ever just be happy with what we have. Not that I'm saying we should look at our things and be prideful about it (although there's nothing wrong with knowing that you got an awesome deal!) but we should look at what we have and be proud of ourselves for being able to bring the best to our families that we can, on the budget that we have.
When I look into my pantry I don't see all this fancy food I wish we could, I see what I've accomplished, working hard preserving good food for the winter months, the food I've gotten for free or cheap with couponing and I'm happy that even on my very limited budget I can provide good healthy meals for me and my husband. I'm happy that I've done the best I can with what I have. I don't allow my mind to slip into the what-I-want mode. I keep it in the happy-to-at-least-have-what-I-have mode.
So every so once in while, stop and take a deep breath. Don't think about all those things you need, don't think about things you might want. Know what you have and know that you are doing the best you can. And smile;)
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