After posting on Tuesday about my office space being functional, but not beautiful, I realized how that statement might have come across as ungrateful. I want to express thanksgiving in all aspects of my life--thus the blog name, "Thankful Me." So, this post will delve a bit into the idea of daily gratitude and how we can avoid discontentment.
When I wrote the "not beautiful" line, I was thinking about other blogs (comparison--I should know better!) which show dramatic transformations; clever uses of everyday items; or quick and simple ways to bring beauty into a room. None of those examples seemed to apply to my spot. I did not see anything for my camera to zoom in on to show readers. So, I declared the space not beautiful.
However, I actually smile when I look at that corner. My clean work area brings a calm feeling to my soul. I am fortunate to have a dedicated area to complete paperwork.
I think that gratitude comes when we are content, and when we realize the difference between wants and needs. It seems to be human nature to become used to whatever creature comforts we have, and then, if we find ourselves without them, to feel deprived. How many times have you heard the question, "What did we ever do before . . . (microwaves, cell phones, GPS, . . .)?" It's almost as if we would have no idea how to function without whatever it is.
If we were completely honest with ourselves, we would realize that our basic needs are just that--basic. I have food, water, and shelter. What more do I need? And yet, I have so much more than that. I don't need to comment on how something is not perfect, or is lacking in some way.
Of course, the creative side of me enjoys home improvement and craft projects, and I don't think that is inherently wrong. The problem comes if I think I need the change, or if I view the current state of my home as somehow not good enough. I do not need to change anything about my house; it is more than adequate as is.
Have you ever heard someone complain about something which you thought was just fine? I remember hearing women talk about ripping up tile flooring to put down something else--laminate, perhaps. At the time, I had just moved from a fairly humble little town. I'm pretty sure that if tile flooring had been mentioned there, it would have been with excitement for such a durable flooring material. I found myself learning that society apparently wanted me to be unsatisfied with a perfectly good material.
I needed to be reminded of that experience. I'm afraid I came across as those women did to me--complaining about something that didn't deserve complaint.
Would you like to join me up on this soapbox? What are you thoughts about wants, needs, and gratitude? I'd love to hear your comments!
Thanks for needs that are met, and so many wants that are granted.