Are you happy? You should be…

About three months ago I moved house. I say I, but of course I mean ‘we’. ‘We’ being my husband, my little boy & me. Upon moving we suddenly found ourselves with lots of wall space that we weren’t used to having. This meant I could go shopping to find things to fill said wall space. This was when I stumbled upon this….

At the time I was sulking a bit. I’d seen so much stuff that I wanted to buy for the new house. So much stuff that wasn’t essential, that I didn’t really need, but it was stuff that I desperately wanted to help make this new house our own and put our own stamp on it. But I had to be careful, because moving house was expensive and I just could not afford everything that I wanted. Needless to say, this made me a bit mardy.

So when I was stood in the shop looking at this little beauty, it was like it just jumped off the shelf & slapped me in the face. It got me thinking in a totally different way.

We get so caught up in trying to get something that we haven’t got that we lose sight of what we have got.

We want to be thinner. We lose the weight and it’s still not enough, I mean everyone wants to get rid of a few more pounds don’t they? We want a holiday, we go on one, we come home and it’s still not enough, we want another one and then we get miserable because we can’t afford it until next year. We get a job, we go to work and we have money to pay the bills, put food on the table and clothes on our back. But then we get fed up with work, we don’t want to go. We’d rather stay at home. All the while wishing we had more money, to buy more clothes and more holidays.

It’s a never ending cycle. Yet all the while we have everything really that we need. If we are lucky enough to have our health, our family, our friends and a roof over our head, then that should be enough. Enough to be grateful for and enough to be happy. I guess what I’m trying to say is, even if you think it could be better, it could also be a lot worse….

Some people can’t afford any kind of holiday, so even a short weekend away, if that’s all you can manage is more than some can have, let alone or week or two in the Canaries. Some desperately want jobs but can’t find them (we won’t start on the ones that don’t want them, that’s a whole different blog!) so a job that pays you a wage at all is better than no job that doesn’t.

And finally the one that made me sit up and think. A roof over my head in a lovely new house when some have only a sleeping bag and the stars to call their home AND getting to live in this house with the two most precious boys in my life, my husband and my baby boy. Materialistic things like pictures for the wall, a new microwave and a new table for the kitchen were really not necessary when I could make do with what I’d already got. I was lucky to be in this house at all and grateful that I had a holiday to look forward to in the coming weeks. I had a job where I could save some money to buy those things down the line, so that is what I’ll do. Needing and wanting are two totally different things. I didn’t need them, I wanted them, so I would have to wait.

Obviously I went on to part with £6.99 to buy the inspiration behind this blog, which now hangs on the wall at the top of the stairs. I pass it every night and every morning and it reminds me every time not to be greedy, but to thank my lucky stars that I have what I have.

“Happiness is not having the best of everything, but making the best of everything you’ve got…”

Thank you for reading & feel free to leave your thoughts below 🙂



  1. Steven
    16th July 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Like it but it is true grass is not always greener on the other side and sometimes you can not come back so think what have you got to risk before you loose it all !

    • 16th July 2014 / 9:01 pm

      Great advice. Very similar to another piece on my wall….! 🙂

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