In a year when so many lost so much to hurricanes and raging wildfires, I am grateful that we have enough. Yes, I covet a new lens for my camera – and I covet the Nikon one and not the competitor’s less expensive version.
But a $2700 lens isn’t in the budget right now…not even remotely. And it falls into the category of wants, and not needs. There are probably lots of things that would be nice to have, but fundamentally, we have enough of the things that we really need. Especially compared to what so many others have to make do with here and around the world.
We’ve actually been focused on downsizing what we have in recent years. We’ve spent too many weekends pet sitting for folks who have to go to the home of their deceased parents and spend days or months cleaning out 50-60 years worth of stuff that never got released. A friend told me recently that she even found a box of dirty laundry that was probably from 50 years ago. We’re not quite that bad, but we’ve accumulated Stuff over the years, and we’ve been sorting through and donating, trashing, or otherwise disposing of the things that aren’t needed anymore. Hopefully Marley’s boys won’t have to spend weeks doing that when we’re gone.
Making Christmas lists is harder too since there’s not that much we truly need or want to add to the house. Marley and I get each other gift cards for date nights in the coming year at Christmas time now, along with a few small gifts. Going out to dinner or a movie or a game of mini golf is better than one more nick-knack for our bookshelves.
I’ll probably covet that extra lens for some time to come, and maybe someday splurge and buy it. In the meantime, I am grateful that we have enough, that we don’t have to struggle for the things we truly need, that our house has been blown away by a hurricane, or burned down by fire. Having enough is blessing enough.