I'm cleaning my refrigerator and pantry today. Don't let the excitement of this topic overwhelm you. I know it's difficult. Why is it that no matter how many times you clean the refrigerator and (too small) pantry they are a complete disaster again within two weeks? It is a mystery. So I clean them...again. And I try not to complain too loudly.
I teach/take care of the littlest children for 2 hours every Sunday at church. They are delightful. I had a nice conversation with the woman who helps me regarding gratitude this week. We were saying that a nice side effect of all of the economic problems right now is how it helps us to be more grateful for everything that we have. I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately. I am so grateful for the opportunity to appreciate things.
I was watching something in the past week discussing how the more plentiful and common things are, the less we enjoy them. For example, they were saying that getting oranges in your Christmas stocking (back when my parents were children) was a big deal. They were special, and people derived much more enjoyment from them. The fact that we can get basically anything we want, any time we want it has ruined our enjoyment of everything. I think this is so accurate and fascinating. I often think that the more affluent people are, the more difficult it is to raise good and happy children. Not to say that it is impossible, it just seems to take much more careful parenting. It is hard not to give your children everything they could think of wanting, at least it's hard for me. However, I worry that giving them too much of everything will rob them of their ability to enjoy and appreciate things and be happy. Just another parenting dilemma that I struggle with on a regular basis. I'm not entirely sure what the answer is.