Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
I really love my little home, the sanctuary it has become, the family history it holds, and my neighbors. So, I was caught off guard a little bit t when I noticed was experiencing a mild case of house envy.
I think it is a part of human nature when we make new friends and visit their homes for the first time to really look around, observe, and take note of the surroundings. It gives us a more complete picture of our friends and their lives. I am sure many people think it is rather mundane to walk into people’s homes but I always feel like being invited into a home for the first time is rather an honor. In some ways I feel like you are closer to someone after spending five minutes in their home than several years of playing a sport together or being work colleagues.
I was at a friend’s home for the first time today. She lives in a very nice neighborhood and has a lovely home. Very cozy and inviting. It is much newer, and yes, more upscale than my home. In a matter of moments I was taking in everything from the decor to the kitchen lighting and without even realizing started in on the “what if’s” for a new and improved home of my own. Imaginings of selling my present home and moving into a neighborhood like my friend’s played around in the back of my mind almost without me knowing it.
After a few moments of day dreaming about finding my new and improved home I came back to reality. What was I thinking? I wasn’t upset with myself for thinking about living in a different home or having admiration for my friend’s home. What stuck out in my mind was how easily I could be persuaded to want more than what I have on a whim. There was no thought into what I may actually need, what may be of service to me, or what may add value to my life. It was more like ” Oh, look, my friend has this so I want it too.” I was thinking more like a child who was more interested in her friend;s toy than her own toys.
We live in a world where envy can sneak up on us at any given time. We are encouraged by society to want more than what we have. The message presented to us hundreds of times a day is that will somehow things will make us happy and give our lives meaning. Every day we a given an opportunity to enjoy the life we are living. The moments of true joy are found in our interactions with the people around us.
If you ever find yourself like me, haphazardly wanting something just because it is new and shiny and your friend has one, know you are in good company. Then, think about what you really need in this life and what the true cost will be to acquire what you think you desire. Finally, don’t forget to truly appreciate all that you possess including the ability to think and reason.
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