You might be one of those people who has everything they could ever want, materialistically.  But if you’re like me, then there’s always one more thing you’re dying to get.  That can be a good thing, and a bad thing.  It’s a good feeling wanting something.  If I realized there was nothing left that I wanted to get, I’d be devastated.  The bad thing about this however, is if you’re not going to be happy with yourself or with the things in your life now, then you’ll never be happy even after you have everything.

Don’t you want to be content with your life now already instead of waiting until you own the world?  Because that could take longer than a life time to achieve.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

This is beyond important.  If you keep comparing yourself to others the way I find myself constantly doing, you’ll find that the grass is always greener on the other side.  It’s just the way we’re wired.  It sucks, but there’s a solution.  Just stop!  Stop comparing your house to the neighbor’s house.  Stop comparing your car to the other cars in the parking lot.  Stop comparing your already beautiful body to unrealistic body images.  Just stop!

Take a step back and look at how blessed you actually are.  Your house keeps you warm all winter even without the expensive brick on the outside; your car gets you to and from work every day even without the heated steering wheel; your body gets you out of bed every day to achieve great things even with that little bit of extra body fat.

Desire the Things You Do Have

Once you’re over your jealousy streak, you can really begin to appreciate the things you already have. And you should.  You should love the house, the car, the fat.  You are so blessed!  And after overflowing with all that gratefulness, you’ll realize that the new truck that was bought and the new house that’s being built across the street doesn’t bug you anymore.

Remember the Important Things in Life

Now that you’ve appreciated your belongings, don’t let it get to your head.  Stuff is stuff.  It won’t help you become a better person or get you into heaven.  You should always be thankful for what you have, but don’t forget about the really important things like family, friends, health, being able to have a relationship with God, etc.  If you only strive for material possessions, then is life really worth living in the end?  Strive for greatness in other forms than the materialistic.

“There are two ways of being rich:  One is to have all you want, the other is to be satisfied with what you have.”

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