Life’s lessons come in all shapes and sizes. As we go through them, we don’t understand the “why” quite yet. I am thinking about a particular life lesson that you may already know: “Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them.”
After an extremely difficult first marriage, I remarried and obtained “sheer bliss.” However, my husband’s business got hit hard due to 9/11, then the real estate crash of August 2007 hit my mortgage industry job. No more vacations, theater, concerts, dining out, gym membership, personal trainer. etc.
After I stopped feeling sorry for myself, I put on my thinking cap and re-arranged our entire budget. I made many changes to make me feel whole and stable again. I watched for sales at the grocery store, and started cooking; not basic cooking but real cooking. We invited friends over for dinners and had small house parties. For the holidays with our children and family, I suggested re-gifting. How easy is it to purchase something somebody wants, but ooooh, to take a possession that is near and dear to you and give it to someone you love. That ended up becoming more loving and so powerful for each giver; those feelings inside, money could never buy.
It took about 4 years to feel financially whole again. The changes we made during the hard times have taught me powerful lessons and have stayed with me. As an example, we do much more home entertaining, cooking and opening up our home to all. It is personal, intimate and has a warmth that no restaurant can duplicate.
I have learned that life throws everyone punches and we don’t know why at the time. Life’s lessons, that I still carry through to this day, never would have happened without our own “financial crisis.”
“Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them”.