“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”
—  Betty Smith

If you really want to appreciate what you have, just try to clean your closet.  You know which one I mean — everyone has one — the closet where you store the boxes of things that you don’t want to look at and simply can’t part with.  When the time comes to make a clean sweep, we see those items through different eyes.  Maybe it would be a good idea to pull them out of the boxes and put them into use or on display where we can really see them and remember why we love them.  Maybe if we pulled them out of their hiding places and saw them next to other items that lurk in the corners of our lives, we would think twice about which things we should hold onto and which ones we should let go.

Our world bombards us with mixed messages.  One is to renew, reuse, and recycle and one is to keep up with the latest technology.  We are told all the time that the top notch gadgets we bought last month are now obsolete and must be replaced by the newest version.  We can get so caught up in the race that we forget how well things serve us that we already own.  It was not until our daughter’s cell phone was damaged last year that we discovered all the features of one that we already had retired from use.  It might not have been at the top of the line, but it served her well and provided everything she needed.

We must learn to look closely at our lives and discern between the things we need and the things we simply desire.  When we look closely, we may discover that our longing is actually for the things we already have.  When we discover the beauty that lies all around us, we may find that we can clean our closets and simplify our lives, making way for the things that really matter.  Take a closer look.  Discover that you already possess the things you need.  Cherish them and fill your life with the glory of simplicity.