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Thursday, thankful for just enough…

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I was reading some news on-line and saw an amazing story. (see the story here) It seems a basketball player and a star got engaged.  He gave her  a diamond engagement ring that cost two million dollars!

She said it was almost like a fake one she got at Macy’s as a teenager.  It’s perfect.  He said he just wanted it to be big.

How wonderful for the two of them they both got what they want.  And for only 2 million dollars!  I wonder what the first anniversary gift will be.  Traditionally the first anniversary gift is to be paper.  Maybe he could give two million in dollar bills.  I mean really it’s going to take some doing to top the ring thing.  He shoulda thought of that.

To get serious here though, I think this whole thing is kinda sad and makes me a bit angry.  Ok, they have scads and boodles of money and it is their right to spend it the way they want.

I don’t know these people so don’t have a clue, well maybe a bit of a clue, as to their values and ethics but I am curious about what they give to the less fortunate.  It is possible they are very generous and don’t flaunt their charitable giving, which would be commendable, and if this is the case I humbly, (ok more sarcastically than humbly) ask their forgiveness for my questioning of their values.

Today I think that though it is wonderful to imagine having scads and boodles of money I am thankful to always have just enough.  I would, of course, be thankful for more, but maybe not as thankful as I am for just enough.

14 thoughts on “Thursday, thankful for just enough…

  1. It’s very intriguing, the idea you’ve started in my head, the question: Are we less thankful with “more”? That can seem to be true, that the more we get, the less thankful we are for it. Is this inherent in us? Or is it just a byproduct of “having”? The more you have, the less special each thing is, maybe? Do you come to expect, rather than appreciate? Very interesting.

    Thanks! I’m going to have to use this for one of my queries on my blog.

    1. Hi skippingstones. I think that often the more we have the less it means to us. It’s like the harder we have to work to accomplish something the more appreciative we are–it means little if a prize is just given to us.

      Now I am off to visit you…

  2. Even Solomon the richest man in the world in his time asked God not to entrust him with too much (I wonder what he thought too much was). Money is an interesting thing… dangerous too. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Hey jelillie–nice to see you here. Money is interesting—I have never had enough to be dangerous—me or the money.

  3. Prov 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].

    Thanks for coming by, Patricia!

    1. Hey Dimple, I was just reading this about an hour ago! It is true for many of us that given too much we forget where it all really comes from.

  4. I too wonder at such things. I’m not big on vanity purchases just to show off how much I can spend or the things I own are so wonderful. Maybe if I was overflowing with money I might feel differently, but I don’t think so. The 2 million might stimulate the economy in some quarters, but it probably won’t trickle down to where it’s needed the most. This is topic close to my heart.

    Tossing It Out

  5. Nancy sent me here, too! Lovely blog, and this post is a great example of having “enough.” I end all my posts in some way or another with the word “enough.” If you read my Page (Button at top of home page entitled “What is “Enough?”), you will see why.

    I learned once that the opposite of wealth is not poverty, just as the opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of both is the same – it is “enough. . .” Link to that page is:

    I wish you the abundance of enough. . .

    1. Yeah, I don’t get it either. I wonder how much it cast to insure a ring like that. And then I guess you have to pay a body guard to go places with you…

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