I am feeling down. Although I work hard, I cannot get the possessions I want.

Acquisition leads to desire for more things and you are always one step behind that desire. The answer is to learn to be satisfied with what you have. You can always acquire more, but the difference is that now you are satisfied. If you fail to acquire the next item you want, you may be temporarily disappointed, but then you will return to being satisfied with what you have.

This is freeing. You will not have to keep up with the Jones’. You will be able to take the time to enjoy what you already have. Because you are not constantly driven to acquire, you will be more relaxed and have more time for family, fun, significant others and projects you have neglected.

He who knows he has enough is rich (I read that in a fortune cookie. Seriously, I found a profundity in a fortune cookie).

How do you learn to be satisfied with what you have? By doing a gratitude practice. Everyday. Start simple. When you go to bed name five things you are grateful for. It may be hard at first. That’s normal. You may only have a tiny sliver of gratitude for anything. Mention those things that you have a sliver of gratitude for. Over time, your gratitude will grow.

When you are ready, try a gratitude practice that is more challenging like the ones mentioned on this page: How to Practice Gratitude – Helpful Tips – Unstuck Pick only one of the nine to start with. You want your goals in your practice to be attainable, not overwhelming.

I wish you luck and I am glad you asked!

©2016 Stephen L. Martin

Painting: Cathédrale de Rouen by Pierre Dumont

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