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Gratitude for Now

March 24th, 2008 at 09:34 am

I had a little epiphany the other day when I was thinking about the fact that we will soon be moving out of this cramped apartment and will no longer be flushing away the money I pay in rent every month. I moved here with my girls after the divorce. We had been living in a spacious home with two bathrooms and three floors of living space. Now for the past almost two years we have been squeezed into this tiny apartment that is less than a third the square footage. At first I was angry because I had to give up my comfortable surroundings and move to this less than desireable neighborhood and into this tiny apartment while my ex was left to enjoy all of that space alone until the house sold. The passage of time is a wonderous healer and with my ability to forgive and move on came my ability to make peace with the circumstances in which I found myself. I then turned my energies towards finding a way out. Once I began everything seemed to fall into place. I found many resources and people who have come to my aid with supportive advice, and I found a local non-profit organization whose mission is to help lower income people learn to save and manage their finances so that they can help themselves. It provides a matching grant for those who are saving towards a home or for education, so I am taking advantage of that. Just watching my savings account balance grow is empowering to me as well.

So, I'm grateful for where I am. I am grateful that I have been able to find a place of peace and contentment that I can carry with me to the next phase of my life, which will be that of a new home owner.

3 Responses to “Gratitude for Now”

  1. merch Says:

    Kudos. Being content with what you have is the key to happiness. It also helps reduce the stress.

    I look forward to hearing about your house fund and that's awesome that every dollar you put in is matched.

    Keep up the good example for your girls. They will not forget this day and will also understand how to triumph over adversity.

  2. Carolina Bound Says:

    I went through the same thing -- was divorced (against my will) and forced to downsize drastically. I lived in three different apartments with my two sons before I finally bought a house about eight years after the divorce. So you're way ahead of my timetable!

    So wonderful that you have found organizations to help! Best of luck to you!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    It's wonderful that you have found that peace. It will help you in the future when you are confronted with what seem to be new problems. Accepting that they are teachers of something is something to embrace.

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