Nothing ever seems interesting when it belongs to you—only when it doesn’t. (from Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt)
This is so true and is, I think, the root of covetousness. Be careful. And appreciate what you have. I’m working on a children’s book right now about Thanksgiving, a holdiay we celebrate in a country where most of us have not only enough to eat, but enough for “leftovers.” In so many places, people have just enough to get by…if that. My husband and I would say that we’re going through a rough patch financially right now. But all this really means is that we cut down on more expensive foods, entertainment costs, and new clothes and shoes for a while. I had to stop buying Mary Kay cosmetics, started making my own baby wipes and Clorox wipes, and am considering selling holiday pies to earn the money to buy Christmas presents. But we have to remember that our “hard times” are pretty good compared to the norm for people all over the world. There are two symbols I identify with our American wealth in my mind: the cars in the driveway and the clean water running freely from the faucet. Last week a friend and I went to a benefit concert for Eternal Threads, a local organization that is helping women in poverty all over the world. Their latest project is teaching women in Afghanistan to weave and sell beautiful carpets. The carpets and rugs will be sold in the US to give these women a sustainable income. But the other half of the project is raising money to dig a well in the remote village where they are working. Evidently the people are currently using the same water source as the livestock and the water is hardly drinkable. Just the fact that we have clean water should be enough to inspire gratitude.