Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Lap of Luxury

It's all how you look at it.  Sometimes I see these ads for things in the paper or on television that I cannot afford and think how hard it is to have such a tight budget.  But then I sit back and look at what I really have and I have to admit, I am living the good life.

My pantry and fridge are full.  On my counter are all the things I need to start my holiday baking: nuts, sugars, flour, dried fruit, chocolate (CHOCOLATE!!!) and a Kitchen Aid mixer.  Pretty luxurious.

Last night I was upstairs in my room and I thought how I really had it made.  I have an easy chair with an ottoman and a side table with a reading lamp.  My home is warm in the midst of a really frigid spell here, and I had my pink fuzzy slippers, my pink giant hoody sweatshirt that's my robe, a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and an amazing book to read with Christmas carols playing on the stereo.  And there I sat, my feet up, and relaxing the night away, the sounds of my sons downstairs laughing at some silly movie they were watching sounding so good.  Tell me, could Oprah have it better?  I don't think so.

So, yeah, I may drive an eleven year old mini-van instead of a jaguar, live in a 2000 sq ft home instead of 25000 sq ft one, but how much room do I need to sit and relax with my hot chocolate and book? 

Yep.  I'm living in the lap of luxury and I'm lovin' it!


Tara said...

SO true!! I was thinking the other day about how we are out growing this house already and then it hit me...
People from my mission in the D.R. would have a family of 5 in a 1 room "hut". The entire room held everything they owned. They ALL slept on a queen sized bed (if they were lucky) and they were so happy!
It really goes to show that "It's not what we HAVE but what we ENJOY that makes happiness."
"The secret to having it all is believing that you already do!"
Quotes from my sister's blog!

Maureen said...
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Dirk and Trish said...

So true! Sometimes it's hard to maintain perspective, but I really love those moments when everything is in focus. The advantage of an older car-you don't have car payments. (we're going to ignore disadvantages) I can't even keep my normal size house clean, so think how much effort it saves over having a huge house. I'd much rather be surrounded by good people and comfort than fancy junk and a bunch of rich jerks. :)

Karla said...

Love your perspective. We live in an amazing time in history and have all the comforts of the world. It really shouldn't take much to feel like we live in the lap of luxury because most all of us do....even those below "poverty level" are richer than a lot of the world. May you enjoy those fuzzy pink slippers, hot chocolate, and good book. :)