Life has changed so much in the past year or so. We have had to stay home more now. Less socializing. Many have lost jobs and income. Many have retired and are looking at a new life style.
BUT - we have also had more time to reflect on what is really important. We have had more time to truly love and enjoy the people around us. We have had an opportunity to learn new ways. We have had an opportunity to be more frugal (chosen or not) and maybe save a few dollars. People are learning to garden and provide for themselves. Life has changed - but it doesn't have to be a bad thing.
ENJOY what you can and what you are given. ENJOY it to the fullest - you do not know what tomorrow brings. Last evening I looked out and was in awe of the most incredible sunset. The sky looked to be ablaze. This morning I went out in the sunshine and heard ALL the birds singing their songs. It almost sounded like a spring day. The sun is shining, temperatures are going up and the snow is melting.
We (society) are quick to judge people today - it has become what people do. I do not understand why that is OK. Looks can be deceiving. Some folks worked hard and had much for years - and are suddenly without a job. So if they show up at a food give away in a nice car and nice clothes - they are judged as not needy. People see someone in older clothes, driving a ratty car - they think poor. WHY?
I never made a lot of money - we had enough - but I always had nice clothes and looked polished. I bought those clothes for pennies at thrift/yard sales. No new car until later in life - but they got us where we needed to be. I could have been judged both ways.
People have asked me over and over for years - why not move - you can afford more. First, gee thanks for telling me you think what I have is inferior in your eyes!!!!! Second, mind your own business! My home is paid for, easy to take care of, and WHY do I need bigger and more?
This morning I was looking through pictures of homes of the rich and famous - oh my! There were sure some big old fancy and expensive places. Millions and millions of dollars. 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 - 50 millions of dollars. I do not understand WHY anyone needs that - except they can! OK. That is how they choose to spend their money and that is their choice. Do I understand it - no. Do they care? No. Is my opinion important? No. Their choice, their money, their debt, their world.
Money and choices can be a matter of perspective. A half million dollars for a house can be average in some places (location matters) - and in other places it would buy a mansion.
What is rich to me - is poor to someone else.
Many of the upper middle class has now become middle or upper lower - do to change in finances. (Gosh I hate those labels) They may have a hard time adjusting, but for some of us it is all normal. We all have to learn to deal with what life throws at us and work to make it wonderful.
No matter how much you have - life is still a miracle and it is still beautiful. Look at the basics and spend more time enjoying them, than what you may NOT have now.
Appreciate each and every day you have with people - than can change in an instant.
Enjoy your freedoms and your health - it can all change.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature - it is a gift from God. It truly amazes me how many people, never stop to listen and see!
Take time for the little things - they truly aren't little. Be appreciative of what you have. Learn new ways when necessary and go forward with zest an vigor. Quit bit**ing about what is now gone - get up and do it again or adjust. Make adjustments where needed.
You woke up today - the sun came up - and you have been given another day.
Each day is a GIFT - the ultimate gift. Make it the best!!
Do something, learn something, give something, help with something, enjoy something.
You ARE blessed!