Make Do With What You Have

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”  Germany Kent

I no longer have the great big house with the nice backyard.  The only thing I miss is my kitchen with my vast array of spices and cooking implements.  Those can be replaced, or I do without.  I still have a kitchen and basic tools and spices, so it is enough.

I no longer have my mom to tell me stories as we sip coffee at the kitchen table or on the deck looking out at the trees.  But I have the memories and the lessons and the moral framework she shared with me over the years, the belief system of service and the humor and impish gleam in the eye to go with a strong work ethic and resilience.  These are more than enough to carry me forward in life.

I have lost many people and things over the years.  Sometimes the loss exposes an unhealthy dependency on a tool or individual.  Sometimes it shows that we no longer need them, or that we have received what we needed from them even if we want more.  In each case we must be grateful for the time that we had, the lessons that we learned, the gifts they shared. If you appreciate what you have and unlock the potential thereof, you have more than enough.