I recently had a garage sale to get rid of some of the stuff I’ve accumulated over the years so that I don’t have to carry it all with me when I move next month. I’m moving because I can no longer afford my rent.
When I first realized I would have to move, I was despondent. Why didn’t I get as many opportunities as my friends, I wondered? Why did I continue to struggle while others had it so easy?
But as I looked around the garage sale, I realized that almost everything I had was given to me (either by friends, family or the side-of-the-road gods). I had been given furniture, TVs, books, dishes, clothing, everything I really needed.
I was suddenly overwhelmed with gratitude. I realized that there have been so many times that I’ve been the recipient of good fortune and generosity.
My focus shifted from depression and indignation to thankfulness and appreciation. Now, I am grateful that I have another home to go to and that it has turned out to be even better than the last.
Are there things in your life that need a second look? Can you find appreciation where and when you might need it most?