My $640 Million Lotto Ticket

I admit it, CAH and I spent a pretty penny on the big $640Mil lotto. We don’t normally play lotto but we figured, what the heck, let’s give it a try.

We didn’t win.

But I was calmly ok with that. Not because I was expecting that I wouldn’t, but it made me oddly reflective. As I mentioned previously, CAH and I have been on this financial detox plan – essentially part of my whole, “Year to a healthier lifestyle” plan. We’ve been devouring audiobooks by Suze Orman and David Ramsey, and hired a personal financial advisor. I also started watching the Suze Orman podcasts on iTunes and while listening to all of her viewers who call in with financial problems, I realized how lucky CAH and I are. We are by no means rich, but we are doing way better than we thought, and much better than others. And I don’t mean that as a way to gloat, it just put things in perspective for me – I’m a pretty lucky girl. So here is your homework, and it will be fast. I want you to, right now, think of 5 things for which you are grateful. I don’t care how big or small, how silly or vague, just think of them. Here are mine:

1. My husband
2. That I live by the ocean
3. My pets
4. That I have a roof over my head and food in my kitchen
5. That I have a job

Now you’re turn! Let me tell you why this is important – because we so seldom get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, or focus so much on the things we want, that we forget to be grateful for what we have. And I’m not talking being thankful – I mean be grateful. To me, thankful is something you say on Thanksgiving out of obligation. To be grateful for something is like it has tossed you a lifeline, or that you could not do without (or things would suck without it).

As I typed this, CAH was walking by, clearly distracted by something, and I stopped him and told him to name five things for which he was grateful. He stopped and a smile spread across his face as he named them off (me, his job, his dog, our house and his grandmother). See? You can’t help but feel happier when you list the things for which you are grateful. So this is why I was surprisingly ok with not winning the huge lotto; because I am perfectly happy with what I have. And honestly, my husband is all I need in this world to make me happy – anything else would be gravy.

By the way, CAH and I each have a little chalkboard on the wall next to our sides of the bed. We leave each other little love notes on them – the above picture is what I left for him the day after the big lotto drawing 🙂

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