This brings us to gratitude. In the full speed of our everyday lives and all of our many, many, goals, we have a tendency to forget to be grateful for the things that are right in front of us. And as promised, I am circling back to the topic at hand. It is so easy to look around our homes and see all of the things we are dissatisfied with. I believe that furnishing our homes is a series of goals that we strive to achieve as time and finances allow. So instead of eyeing that beat-up dresser with disgust, or cursing that dated dining room set, take a moment to be grateful for what you have right now, and make the best of each and every piece of furniture. The truth of the matter is, the more grateful we are for the things that we already have, the better able we are to see the beauty in them. If finances don’t allow you to replace that dresser today, make the best of it with a fresh finish or a new purpose (maybe put a table runner on it and use it in the dining room as a buffet?).
If that’s not an option, then add a seasonal candle or a beautiful vase of flowers and appreciate it for what it is. We’ve evolved into such a throw-away society that sometimes it’s important to take a step back and appreciate what we have and what’s right in front of us.
Now I’m not going to tell you that dusting is my new favorite activity. But as I go about the task with a new appreciation of all that I am blessed with, there is now a little spring in my step.
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