It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chapter 1, Page 24, Book 16

To be upset over what you
don't have is to waste
what you do have.

Ken Keyes, Jr.

January 24 - The more we have, the less we appreciate it.

Its been said that the key to happiness is to appreciate what you have. If it's so simple, why are so many people unhappy?

People often think happiness is based on what you achieve and acquire.  The truth is that happiness is not a happening, it's a state of mind. You can have everything in the world and still be miserable. Or you can have relatively little and feel unbounded joy.

Happiness comes from mastering the art of appreciating and consciously enjoying what you already have. But if you take it all for granted, then nothing in life will ever truly give you joy.

One of the best ways to love your current life is to write a list of things you’re grateful for. It doesn’t matter if they seem small or insignificant: little everyday moments of happiness count. We need to look for those silver linings in our lives and be grateful for them.

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet

Life is a miracle. Treat it as something precious, and don’t take it for granted.

How sweet it is !


betty said...

I like that thought, Ma, that life is a miracle. Indeed we shouldn't take it for granted! Always good to take time to remember all we have to be thankful for!


Mevely317 said...

Your first image is achingly accurate!
And just last eve, my sweet DIL added something similar on her Facebook wall: "I Remember the Days I Prayed for the Things I Have Now."

Heck, I've sat through entire sermons which didn't strike such chords as yours and hers.

jack69 said...

You have pointed out a big falacy in our lives. The dream is good, as long as the desire doesn't over shadow what we already have.

We seem to always want to see another place, meet new people, BUT we have made it a practice to appreciate what we have and who we know. I look at my wife at least once on every road trip and say, I am the luckiest and most blessed man in the world. I love feeling that way.

I feel for the person who NEVER has enough and is always reaching for more, without realizing we all, in the USA are blessed.