Maybe it is due to the holidays that I have been thinking about those feelings of want. Always wanting more and never being satisfied with what I have. When do we ever reach that plateau where we have absolutely everything we need and want and are no longer wanting more?

I am married, pregnant with our first baby due in April, own a house, have a job, and have amazing family and friends. Needless to say, I have a pretty great life and am more than grateful for all I have been given. I can’t help but think though of those feelings that seem to creep up inside me when I scroll through Facebook and see someone with the latest “toy” or go through different tours of homes for the holidays and wish my house could look a little more like that.

My husband and I bought our house at the end of the summer, knowing that we would have to make updates on it. We have done a few small things on it, but once one job gets completed I always want to get going on the next. My mind is in fast-forward always thinking about what I want done next. Our house is more than livable, plenty of space for what we need right now, and it’s a roof over our head. Those are the important things to remember, not how updated the kitchen is or if the house is always decorated and cleaned looking in tip-top shape. Even when the updates get done, there will be something else that I will want to do.

Social media seems to play a big role in these feelings. How often do people post sad things about their life on Facebook? Not very often. Facebook and other social media sites are filled with people posting about their latest vacation, their new car, weight loss pictures, or all the positive things happening in their life. If that’s the only thing we see when we get online, how can we not wish we had more at some point? The majority of these people do not get these fancy, new things on a daily basis. They are simply posting about it when it happens, giving us a false idea about what our lives should look like and what kind of things we should have.

Are we ever going to be 100% completely satisfied with everything in our life? Are we ever going to reach that point where we do not want? Maybe not, but let’s give thanks for the people and things we do have in our life and not dwell on what’s on our wish list. Many of us are gifted with more blessings than we could ever imagine. So, for today, let’s all just be satisfied.

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I recently married my husband, Tyler, on May 30. We live in Western Nebraska and have two energetic dogs, Bugs (German Shorthair) and Jax (Chocolate Lab). I am the 5th and 6th grade English teacher at Perkins County Elementary and am getting ready to start my first year as head coach for the Perkins County High School volleyball team. I stay busy helping on the farm (well, more like driving the guys from field to field), playing in women's golf league, and just being outside.

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