Today I want to share something I am thankful for. Even though I held resentment in the past, I am very thankful for my 2002 Toyota Highlander. She has 220,000 miles on her. She has some paint that is starting to peel on the hood, but she has been really good over the last six years.
Before my Highlander, I had a brand new Honda Accord. She had all kinds of bells and whistles, and was a really pretty sporty looking car. But… she also came with a $500 a month car payment.
My finances were a mess.
Also, I felt if I drive an older car, people would look at me as less than or unsuccessful. I was close to 50 and I felt ‘should’ have a nicer car.
Pride is not a pretty thing.
You see, this was just after my divorce, and in an effort to separate all accounts, I purchased the brand new Honda. In my mind, I was struggling with - why do I have to start over? Why should I get an old car and he gets to keep the newer one? Don’t I deserve something nice?
This mindset put me in a very bad place. Mentally and financially!
Today, I do love my Toyota. Her paint starting to peel are her scares starting to show. We have been through a lot, but she has been faithful to me. And the best part… she requires no car payment!
Sometimes we do have to let go of pride and ego and be thankful for what God has given us. I’ve had to do a lot of work to let go of resentment, and find peace with my situation.
If you have an area like this in your life, I’d encourage you to let go of the resentment and bitterness and seek peace and contentment. The best place to start, is gratitude. I am thankful for my old girl, she has been a blessing from God. What are you thankful for?
Sending you peace, love and joy, my friend.