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Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Aesop

Do we say we want to be healthy, wealthy, and wise but sabotage ourselves from becoming healthy, wealthy and wise, by what we say, do, and think? Are we our own worst enemy?

If we were to make it our motto in life to be healthy, wealthy, and wise, haven’t we given ourselves a job? How many of us have thought I’d do anything to look like her or him? But we aren’t willing to do the diet and exercise that makes him or her look like that? We’d love to be smart and well-read, but then we’d actually have to read and choose the books that the wise read.

There are many, many books on how to get rich slowly, inevitably. The stock market has made untold numbers of people rich. What if buying stock in any of our Canadian Banks instead of putting money in the bank would be better financially? Is being an owner instead of a lender better?

I read a book called The Mulberry Tree by Jude Deveraux in it a wealthy self-made man marries a poor woman. She loves to can fruit, and he tells her that the peel is like money, it is what we have left after we’ve created something. Too many of us want money, but we haven’t created anything yet. When the wealthy man dies he leaves his wife no money, just an old house. He knows if he leaves her his money she will be hounded by the people after his estate. He leaves her an old house where she can build a life; it is where he grew up.

What if we can have anything we choose in life? What if that is exactly what we have and our choices have brought us to where we are? What if we want things to be different we have to make different choices? As they say, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

The idea behind the book The Having is we get wanting from wanting something, and we get having through having. We need to be grateful for what we have to get more of it. Living in the moment is the first step toward having.

Having begins when you can focus on the thought that right now. I have money, ‘even if you only have a single dollar.’ Suh Yoon Lee

According to Suh Yoon Lee, we can be ‘real rich, or fake rich.’ Real rich live for today in gratitude and believe they have enough. Fake rich live for tomorrow, and they never have enough.

One of the ideas behind living simply is that with simplicity we can enjoy our lives more because we have less. If we have fewer things to care for, pay for, and worry about we have more time to enjoy what is important, meaningful, and fleeting.

Is downsizing the answer? Is it something we should consider? Is it something to look at as a choice, or only when it becomes the only alternative? How do we maximize the enjoyment of our lives?

Are we living fully, richly, and grateful for all the blessings in our life?

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melanie Beattie

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What Money Can’t Buy: Family Income and Children’s Life Chances Paperback – Sep 15 1998

by Susan E. Mayer (Author) 

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