In Western society we are exposed to a barrage of advertising and marketing with the purpose of telling us what we don’t have.
The right car, the right look, the right house… and it doesn’t just stop with things. How about having better health, a better job, more attention and more money? Yes, once you have these things that you don’t currently have, then you will finally be happy!
Anne and I recently arrived home from a trip where we saw prosperity and poverty: and what we saw was not what we were meant to see – if advertising is anything to go by! We saw those with a lot wanting more, and those with comparatively nothing happy and content!
How is this?
If we are not careful, desire for something in our life can easily give birth to greed, and greed becomes an addiction for more! There will never be enough!
On our trip, we experienced those with very nice cars, and those with no car at all. We experienced richly furnished houses, and simple houses that were sparsely furnished. How do we view our own house and car when compared with those we saw?
Is that even the right question?
Maybe we need to look at the nature of that desire, because often the desire for more is showing a lack of understanding for what we already have!
Desire can be born out of need, or born out of comparison.
Maybe if I stop comparing myself with those who ‘have more’ than I do, I should start being grateful for what I already have!
Have I stopped to consider this? Have you?
I’ll be honest, the car that I would like to drive is not the car that I currently drive, and it really isn’t worth that much more, but I can spend all of my time and energy desiring the car I don’t have, or being thankful firstly that I even have one and secondly for the car that I do have. The car we own is actually a nice car!
What about you? What do you desire?
What are you thankful for?
Maybe that’s where we need to start… being thankful for what we do have.
It’s been said that we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone, and that is true for relationships and health as well as possessions.
The biggest lie of today is that I will be content when I have more money. Don’t buy it! Learn to be content with what you do have… right now!
Stop focusing on what you don’t have and start focusing on what you do! You can be sure that there are plenty of people who would give anything for what you already have in material possessions and health etc
If you are reading this, it means you have access to the internet, and most likely own the device on which you are reading this.
You are prosperous!
Let’s take our attention off what we don’t yet have, and start being grateful for what we do!