Have you ever heard those frustrated cries of a toddler desperate for some gift that their parents are refusing to buy?
Well I did recently and it got me thinking…of all the things that I want!
New shoes, a new winter coat, to paint my bedroom, that necklace I saw yesterday, some plants for the garden, the dog needs a haircut, a holiday would be nice, Christmas is coming…
The list could go on!
Afterwards, I felt so embarrassed at just how costly my wants were, of how superficial they are and how quickly I could just keep adding to them. I doubt the list would ever cease; I could keep adding to it forever.
So I decided I’d write a list of wants that cost nothing.
To see what it is that I value most – the things I want for myself and others to improve my life. I was reminded of the quote by Anthony J D’Angelo,
The most important things in life aren’t things.
I want to:
~ always smile when I see a rainbow ~ feel loved every day ~ spend time making others smile ~ see my children grow into happy, confident adults ~ find time to do the things I love ~ have time alone with hubby ~ laugh lots ~ be fun to be around ~ feel grateful for what I have ~ take pleasure in the little things ~ have integrity ~ be me.
Now that’s a list I am proud of!
And it was a lesson in gratitude.
⭐️ It shares what’s important to me and what makes me soul sing.
⭐️ It shows that I value myself and take the time to do the things I love.
⭐️ It says that money cannot buy happiness.
What is it you want most?
Write a list of wants that doesn’t include possessions and cannot be bought with money and see what your heart truly wants.