There is a famous quote by Teddy Roosevelt that has really struck home with me over the last few years:
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
I didn’t grow up with much, which was hard to understand sometimes when I was a kid, but I’m actually glad that I wasn’t born rich. My parents made some bad decisions with their finances over the years, but they always found ways to provide for our family. Their struggles with money warned me early on that mismanaging money can lead to a lot of stress and unhappiness, but they also taught me a lot of ways to be creative with the things we did have, and to appreciate the things we did have right then and there.
Making The Most Of What You Have In The Moment
I used to have a lot of fun making things out of ordinary items just lying around the house. I turned shoe boxes and picture wire into musical instruments, made new outfits and handbags out of old clothes and fabric scraps, and used strips of cardboard to organize my dresser drawers. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and a positive attitude to realize we have more than we think.
If you ever watched MacGyver, remember how he always found ways to solve problems with whatever was lying around when he was in a jam? I always thought that was so cool! Next time before you run out to the store to buy something, give yourself a chance to be resourceful and see if you already have something at your house that you can use instead. You’ll save money while being eco-friendly reusing what you already have.
For those of you who’ve ever read the magazine Real Simple, I’m sure you love the pages they have on new ways to use everyday things as much as I do! One of the best tips I now use several times a week is using rubber bands to open jars and bottles that are new or screwed on too tight. Who would have thought that something I had lying around in my desk drawer would get so much use in the kitchen. Plus I saved myself about $45 not having to buy an electric lid opener!
Appreciate What You’ve Got Right Now
Have you ever been friends with someone who always wanted to go to the most expensive restaurants, shop for the latest everything all the time, and stay at only the highest rated hotels? I have, and I admit it was hard not to feel jealous and also a bit envious of her until I realized how stupid I was for feeling that way.
What about your arch rival who now has a dream job getting paid to travel the world with a supermodel while dining at the top rated Michelin star restaurants? If you’re green with envy, it’s time to get over yourself and turn your misery into a healthy amount of competition, which will do you good.
The day we stop appreciating what we’ve already got and the life we have, is the day we become miserable, unhappy, and no fun to be around. If I can help you make one change today I hope it will be to let go of any jealousy and resentment you have of other people and to be thankful for everything you already have. Don’t waste your life griping! Take a look around you and be thankful that you’re alive and have the power to make your own decisions, embrace change, and be an incredible untemplate person!
Make the most out of each day. It will really change your life! One of my biggest highs is being productive, staying active, and being in the moment. Think about the saying:
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”
Have Hope And Keep Fighting!
If there’s something going on in your life right now that’s really bothering you whether it’s related to work, your business, health, family, or school, try not to let it get you down. Why? You have more than you think! There are always going to be tough periods in our lives where we’ve had to face obstacles and adversities.
Life isn’t supposed to be easy all the time. That’s just how reality is – unpredictable. Remember that we all get stronger each time we stand up after we’ve been knocked down, we get smarter each time we push through a wall and come out on the other side, and these are the stories and experiences that enrich our lives.
Sometimes it seems like life isn’t fair, especially when you hear about bad things happening to good people, or children fighting for their lives against terrible diseases. But even amongst all of those “whys” and the heaviness they bring, there is still incredible hope and strength. And it’s powerfully inspiring.
An example I stumbled upon recently is an inspiring music video put together by the staff and children at a ward of Seattle Children’s hospital for young patients fighting cancer and blood diseases. They are lip synching to Kelly Clarkson’s song, Stronger. You may have already seen it by now, but if not you may want to go grab a tissue now because these kids will melt your heart. They are SO STRONG and are inspirational examples of making the most of what they have in the moment.
Untemplaters, how are you making the most of what you have in the moment? What creative ways have you saved money using things you already owned? How are you going to enjoy today?