“It’s so much easier, to learn to love what you have instead of yearning always for what you’re missing, or what you imagine you’re missing. It’s so much more peaceful.” (Anna Quindlen)
After coming home from living in a developing country, Kris was irritated by the constant barrage of advertising coming from radio, TV, magazines, and billboards. Everywhere you turn, you are being urged to buy something new or to upgrade what you already have. Your phone might be serviceable, but now it is available in two new colors and downloads 10 seconds faster. How can you get by without a coffee bar in your kitchen? Sometimes the goad comes from comparing yourself with others. Your friends’ children are into competitive skating, but yours won’t do anything interesting. To make a break for peacefulness, cultivate respect for your plain car, rekindle love for the dog with shedding fur, enjoy the quirks and outdated finishes of your house, and smile at that face in the mirror every morning.
By Mary Jackle, OSB