#18: Having the Things You Want

We spent Thanksgiving with my parents. They have these amazingly comfortable blankets – fuzzy and thick and warm. On the car ride home, I really wanted one. Not because I need a new blanket. Simply because I wanted it. Badly.

It’s an easy thing to do this time of year.

I’m not going to demonize the feeling – There are things I want for Christmas. Things I’ll buy for others, too.

But when I got home, I used the blanket I already have.

I looked at it and felt how it warmed me and how there was nothing wrong with it at all. My blanket wasn’t new, but suddenly, I wanted it and that was the perfect feeling to have to start the holidays.

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I know how easy it is to get carried away by the sales and excitement during the holiday season. All of those new, shiny things we want (and they’re probably on sale).

Before you spend, take a moment to consider what you already have. If your closets and cupboards and storage are already bursting, maybe you can enjoy those things.

Now is a good time to be reminded:

There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little. -Jackie French Koller

Please note: In order to slow down during the holidays and finish my novel, I’m limiting myself to one new blog post per week. I hope you enjoy the posts!

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1 Miranda Paul December 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hey Melissa – great post again! And I have a question for you – although it has nothing to do with this post…

Do you have the code/script for that Novel in Progress % thingy on your bar? Way cool. It’s pretty daring to put your progress and goal out there for everyone to see, and I bet it motivates you to get it done. I’ve got a similar goal with my novel and was hoping you could help direct me where to get a widget like that for my blog. Thanks!!

2 Melissa December 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

Hi Miranda!

It is a widget I downloaded into WordPress. If you don’t use WordPress, I’m not sure how to do it (once I downloaded it, I just dragged it onto my sidebar … easy!). Here is the link if you want to take a look: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/daves-whizmatronic-widgulating-calibrational-scribometer/

I’m excited to learn more about your novel goal! Speaking of which … I better get writing. 🙂
Take care,

3 DEEG December 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

They are awesome blankets….I had to get more because I had to use my other blankets for curtains…lol…I will have to stock up on some extras because there isn’t enough to go around.

4 Nicole December 6, 2011 at 8:28 am

Enjoy slowing down and good luck with the progress of your novel.
Thanks for the reminder of the “one in one out” rule. With 19 days until Christmas I am on the hunt for ‘things’ that we could do without. Keeping a close eye on things coming in is almost a full time job at this time of year – seems most of it comes in the form of candy canes from classmates. Yay for sticky fingers 🙂

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