Living With Gusto

Keeping Up With The Joneses? I Don’t Think So!

Charles Spurgeon

Being grateful for all I’ve been blessed with continues to be the way I live. It truly makes all the difference in how we see ourselves, our lives, our opportunities, and halts all that comparison stuff that depletes our joy. Seriously, we are SO fortunate. I found this post and just wanted to share it to emphasize this ideal.



Guest post from  Bestselling Author, Carry On, Warrior and Founder of Momastery

“Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it.

I’ve always loved my kitchen, but after seeing those pictures I found myself looking at it through new, critical eyes. Maybe it was all wrong. Maybe the ’80s counters, laminate cabinets, mismatched appliances and clutter really were mistakes I should try to fix. I stood and stared and suddenly my kitchen looked shabby and lazy to me. I wondered if that meant I was shabby and lazy, too. Because our kitchens are nothing if not reflections of us, right? I decided I’d talk to Craig and make some calls about updates.

But as I lay down to sleep, I remembered this passage from Thoreau’s Walden: “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” Walden reminds me that when I feel lacking — I don’t need new things, I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have. So when I woke up this morning, I walked into my kitchen wearing fresh perspectacles. Here’s what I saw.” ….click to continue…

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