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When I was a little girl I remember asking my Mother many times for more food when I already had food remaining on my plate. She would answer, "Eat what you have first before you ask for more. Sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach."

I'm still that way. Sometimes my eyes see more and I want more. I have enough shoes, but I still see new shoes in the mall that I think I must have. I have plenty of beautiful clothes and yet I'm always looking for something new to wear.

I have a lovely home, but still I see homes in magazines and visit homes of friends and I think my house could be better or bigger. I think about buying new furniture and there's nothing wrong with what I already have.

I have two healthy sons, they have a great Dad and I have a hard working husband and yet sometimes I forget to show my appreciation. I have a reasonably healthy body. I can see, hear, taste, smell, walk, think, dance, hug, write, dream, speak, work, eat and cook. And yet sometimes I complain about my body and wish it were slimmer, prettier, faster and younger.

Sometimes I dwell too much about how much I miss my parents and other loved ones that have passed on. I need to focus more on the ones that are still living.

I have a career that is fulfilling and rewarding and yet sometimes I'm not satisfied because I think I should have accomplished more. I forget how far I have come from jobs that were miserable and boring in the past.

I have a good dependable car and yet I see new cars and think I should update and get a new car. I'm not rich, but blessed with a comfortable lifestyle and yet I catch myself sometimes having a pity-party instead of thinking about what I can do for others.

I've traveled thousands of miles internationally in safety this year to lecture and promote my books and yet I'm sometimes unmotivated to just get up and go to the grocery store.

It's OK to want the good things in life. But wisdom, balance and gratitude help us to appreciate what we already have and overcome the addiction of "MORE."

I'm challenging myself to learn when "enough is enough." I'm challenging myself to live in the moment and be thankful for what is already on "my plate" before asking God for more.

I like this line from the movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off..." Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it."

I want to practice an attitude of gratitude everyday. I want to live a life of thanksLiving and thanksGiving.



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