Monday, August 17, 2009

What a girl wants ...

My cup is half full (or half empty depending on the day). But that’s not what I want. I want my cup to swish and swash. I want the contents to splash down on the saucer below. I want it to runneth over.

I do not want fancy. I’m not hoping for bigger, better or more. I’m not looking to increase my material possessions (well not by much ... I do dream about a set of bagpipes. Seriously.). What I really want is to be debt free. I crave security, prosperity, abundance and freedom. I want enough to share.

And yet the question remains ... how do I get there? This morning the answer was hollering at the children for leaving the lights on. Tonight it is being grateful for bedding that hasn’t been shat or vomited upon. Tomorrow it will be dinner and a movie with a friend.

Each day is a balancing act; tempering frugality with desire, pitting long-term bounty against instant gratification. Often I feel like the hamster on the wheel -- running and running. Getting nowhere fast. Why do I work so hard? For what end?

But we are moving forward (though at a snail’s pace). We are ever so slowly chipping away at our mountain of debt. So I will continue to visualize the life I desire. I sincerely hope to be sucessful. In the meantime you can find me here spinning my wheels. That I know I can do.


“Abundance is, in large part, an attitude”
~ Sue Patton Thoele


Mrs. E said...

I'm with you! We're chipping away on our end, too. I also find myself downsizing and getting rid of the clutter. I want a much simpler life. Glad to know I am not alone!

LaughingFamily said...

We are also in that glorious process of slowly but surely paying down debt. We are making progress, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like we are making enough.

I keep hoping that one day we will get a phone call letting us know that a long lost family relative that we never knew has passed away. And, guess what? He left his entire savings to us - and it just so happens to be enough to cover all of our debt!

Sigh...a girl can dream can't she?

Gayle said...

You are so right. Each day every decision makes a difference. I think it's so important to be in touch with this reality, and to teach it to our children.

Amelia said...

I have found balance is a quest for most of us, as is security- I am reminded of a Dave Matthews song- Pig- where he encourages "don't burn the day away." I have concluded that while I seek balance, redefine balance, & pursue security I need the precious gift of serenity every day. I can only get this by keeping my head out of yesterday and out of tomorrow - and make the choice to keep my head and heart in today, this moment- making a concerted effort to always do the next right thing- and trust that life will play out according to the plan- as long as I stay out of the way :) Easier said than done- but the daily effort is the key to my serenity.
Thanks for this post- I do enjoy reading your thoughts!

SE'LAH... said...

Keep your head up Shalet and take things one step at a time.

I've missed visiting. Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Sending lots of positive vibes your way.

Amy said...

Very nicely said. I just try to get enjoyment out of every day and work towards that end. It's not always easy but it helps to stop and look in the eyes of my children as often as I can.

the Lady said...

I have two words for you - DAVE RAMSEY!!! Seriously. He is how my mom got out of debt, following the steps in this book:
Check it out of the library, and start listening to his radio show.