Gratitude Changes Everything

I have lived days in want.

I have lived days in plenty.

I have lived days in plenty of want.

I could not understand, in my previous life, why there was always a huge hole inside of me.  I tried to fill it with things I thought I had to have.  The hole was never satisfied and I always found more things to want.  It was not until I finally realized what was missing that the hole disappeared.  I discovered a little thing called gratitude.

It was not things my soul craved.  The latest kitchen gadget did not satisfy my desires nor did any of the other must-haves that I bought fill the hole.  I had to lose most everything, except the absolute essentials, and then be thankful for what I had before it all made sense.  

As soon as I was no longer running after things in search of peace, that is when I found peace.  When I no longer longed for the bight and shiny things on television and in the stores, that is when I learned to be thankful for what I had. A funny thing happened then…I began to see the possessions I had left were more than I needed  and I was able to give more away to those who had less than me.  

So now not owning much, I feel like a queen with what I do have.  Before I had so much stuff and I felt like a pauper. That little change in my mindset has completely transformed my life from miserable to overjoyed.  Believe me it is difficult in our society to not get sucked into the thinking that this one more thing will finally make you happy.  I believed the lie for many many years and ran up so much debt.  No wonder I was not happy. It was like being on a treadmill all day, every day with a pretty bauble dangling in front of me  but never being able to obtain it.

Today, I am thankful for what I have and who I know.  Those are the things that make me a wealthy soul.  Mostly I am thankful for being thankful. Gratitude has made me a different person. One I can proudly look at in the mirror in the morning. I just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to find it!

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