"Simple living is a state of mind. It's a choice to not let the consumer-driven culture dictate how you live, what you invest in, and how you spend your valuable resources." ~ Tsh Oxenreider, Organized Simplicity
"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault
Quotes/thoughts like these keep popping up in the books I read, the blogs I peruse, the messages I hear. As I have been focusing more and more on gratitude, I am constantly given reminders, often just when I need them most. And the more I count blessings, there is a small spark starting to grow that wants to want less instead of more, quality rather than quantity, time and relationships more than the things I coveted before.
Honestly, it is a struggle. The green-eyed monster, the comparison trap, but the grip is slowly releasing the more I count, the more I join in thanksgiving...
more and more discussions, less frustrations, less arguments ~ sewing machine fixed ~ The Hubs being a shoulder to cry on ~ Bubby dancing to a cd from Aunt Jane ~ Bubby's fascination with one song at a time (we've moved from We Are The Dinosaurs to Little Red Caboose) ~peace that calmed me as I swept up crumbs ~ uninjured mother and brother ~ breakfast as a family of four ~ impromptu short drive in the country~ words of a song a friend is writing ~ a message on the ambiguity of God ~ pat on the shoulder from a favorite former professor ~ Bubby wiping his slobbery kiss off of Bugaboo ~baby laughter even at 5:30 in the morning