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Wisdom Wednesday: The Wisdom of Appreciation

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This week’s Wisdom Wednesday post is happily brought to you by me!  I’ve had such a busy week that I wasn’t quite certain what to write about. Then my husband came home from work in a slightly grumpy mood last night, and I had to remind him of all of the things that I appreciate about our home and our life together.

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images6XXWIJABMy husband works in one of the wealthiest counties in the country.  Every morning,as he winds his way to his office, he passes rolling horse farms, polo fields, and sprawling multi-million dollar homes.  Every evening, as he makes his way home, he departs the majesty of wealth and enters back into the dingier world of middle and lower class mediocrity.  He pulls his sensibly priced commuter car into garage-less  driveway and walks up three unadorned steps to our front door where I usually greet him with a hug and kiss.  The house he enters smells of dinner cooking and fresh laundry. It’s warmly lit and comfortably decorated  One cat is sleeping on a chair by the front door and the other is curled in his seat as if keeping it warm for his arrival.

Sometimes his day has been good, while other times it’s been filled with a strife that only dealing with the entitled public can bring.  It’s on those days that he apologizes for our small house and our crowded life.  It’s those days that he insists that I should be living in a house big enough to get lost in; with a pool and a fireplace, and a bathroom for every kid.  I reject his apology and deny my desire for the extras that my wealthier counterparts a few dozen miles away may have.  I’ve lived in far smaller places without heat, functioning appliances, or even the smallest patch of yard to call my own.  I’ve lived without a working car, enough food in my refrigerator, and without enough money to  buy a new coat when my old one was falling apart and the winds were howling.  Worst of all, I’ve lived without the very  thing that my 1,100 square foot home encapsulates; love, family,and security.

I remind my husband that I say a prayer of appreciation every time I load my dishwasher, or do a load of laundry. I remind him that when icy winds blow that our little place stays warm and snug.  I remind him that I brim with delight when I sit on the backyard swing with the sun in my face and my toes in the grass. I remind him of the birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones that we’ve  shared under our tiny roof.  And finally, I remind him that this is the place that I wait for him to come home to me in.  I don’t need bigger, better, fancier, or more elegant; I appreciate the home I have, and the life and love that I have in it!

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What are you most appreciative of? 

***** Attention Blogging Friends! If you would like to participate in Wisdom Wednesdays, please email me at clares1964@yahoo.com. I’d love to read stories of how life’s situations have helped you gain personal wisdom.  I welcome writers of all ages and experiences.  *****************

17 thoughts on “Wisdom Wednesday: The Wisdom of Appreciation”

  1. Absolutely loved this post, not just ‘like’ it. So very true what you have written and we agree with you a million times over! We are by no means rich, at least not rich with money. We are rich in so many other ways 🙂
    Material things mean nothing if you are not happy! Happiness vs instant gratification/satisfaction are different things and people should not mix the two!
    Your words are so wise and we are so glad to have read such uplifting and refreshing words just before we head to bed here in Australia 🙂

    1. Thank you for your wonderful, kind words. You are so right about happiness and material things. I wake up ecstatically happy in my little home each day with the knowledge that I’m loved and that I have wonderful people in my life to love, and that really is all that matters. 🙂

      Hope you both have a lovely, peaceful sleep! 🙂

  2. Wonderful, I loved every word! All so true xx
    I appreciate every minute of my day, from the minute I wake up to the minute I get to lie back in my bed; I appreciate every second I spend with husband and son and I treasure every single kiss and cuddle shared with them. That’s what feeds and nurtures me and is all I need xx

    1. Thank you so much, Elaine. I can feel the love and appreciation that you have for your wonderful family in all of your posts! 🙂 I’m so happy that you have such goodness in your life! 🙂

  3. This is very well timed for me in light of last night’s conversation with A remorseful A. What he wants for us is so much grander than what I want, or any of us need. It’s a good life we have here. I think sharing thus with him might help him see better where I am coming from. Thank you. ♥

    1. You’re so welcome, Deborah. Honestly, love, security, and fun are the things I crave most in this life. I think it’s a macho guy thing to want to give their family the very best. “A” doesn’t realize that he’s already giving you exactly what you need by being a loving stable presence in your life and in the lives of your little ones. Those are the things that no amount of money can buy. ❤

  4. Boy, there really is a lot of wisdom in this! Like you, I’m happy to be living where I am. We don’t strive for more money, a larger home, fancier clothes, or geekier gadgets.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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