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
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
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
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
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
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.