The truth: I covet

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I want. I want. I want. I spend a lot of time focusing on the things I want.

I want longer hair.

I want thinner thighs.

I want a flatter belly.

I want to write full time.

I want to go to graduate school.

I want to be a foreign correspondent.

I want a bigger house.

I want a smaller house in a different, more exciting town.

I want to travel.

I want Botox (again).

I want more, hipper clothes.

I want to spend more time with my kids.

I want to read more books.

I want more time in my days.

I want to be my daughter’s room mom.

I want to take Shelby to all her activities.

I want to sign the kids up for my extra circular activities: drama classes, yoga, swimming, etc.

I want to paint and create more.

I want. I want. I want.

I’m pretty sure I’m no different than anyone else, but I feel like I spend way too much time looking at what everyone else has and feeling like I need more, like my life isn’t as great as it could be. It makes me rather ungrateful. The more I think about all the things I want, the worse I feel. Instead, I should be thinking about all the things I have.

I have two healthy happy kids.

I have a good job with excellent health care.

I have a beautiful home.

I have a wonderful best friend of 25 years. Not everyone gets to have a friendship like that.

I have in laws who not only adore my kids, but step in and help all the time.

I have more “things” than one person deserves — iPads, an iPhone, laptops, books, clothes, two cars — and the list goes on and on.

I have a clean bill of health after earlier this year when my doctor discovered two tumors on my ovary and had to have them surgically removed.

I have a husband who is trying so hard to be a better person.

I have. I have. I have. That sounds so much better than I want, I want, I want. If I could only reprogram my brain and spend more time thinking … I have. I have. I have.

I’m blessed. I’m blessed. I’m blessed.

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Written as an assignment for Ali Edwards’ class β€œ31 Things” at Big Picture Classes.

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40 Responses to The truth: I covet

  1. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  2. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  3. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  4. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  5. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  6. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  7. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  8. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

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  9. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  10. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  11. Stace&Lis says:

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  12. Stace&Lis says:

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    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  13. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  14. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  15. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  16. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  17. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  18. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  19. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  20. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  21. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  22. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  23. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  24. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  25. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  26. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  27. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  28. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  29. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  30. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  31. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  32. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  33. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  34. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  35. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  36. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  37. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  38. Stace&Lis says:

    Your post brought to mind this blog post I read this week: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/07/how-im-learning-to-replace-whining-with-gratitude.html

    I love the “I have, I have, I have” mantra. πŸ™‚

  39. I love this. I think I need to make an “I have” list and have the girls do one too. I hear “I want” way too much lately. By the way, you’d definitely make my “I have” list too. Thanks for being the best friend a girl could ever have. Love you!

  40. agravette says:

    I want to make an “I Have” list as well…that’s such a neat idea! Your post goes perfectly with Beth Moore’s “James: Mercy Triumphs” week 7, which I’m doing right now. I love the book of James in the Bible and recommend it to anyone who wants to focus on giving more and wanting less. Hugs to you!

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