Motivational Monday – What Do You Have?

Real Estate Agent with Dirt Road Real Estate SA676002000

Funny thing about being in sales, one often can see want other folks want with greater clarity than possibly in other professions. This thought came to me after reading this quote by Joseph Addison:

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.

How often do we want something and fail to remember what we have?

The other day I was shopping in the local Cracker Barrel store and saw a beautiful blue dress that would be perfect with my blue cowgirl boots.  Then I asked myself where would I wear this as what I have (existing clothes) already is more than sufficient. Given I wear jeans to most events here in Mohave County, Golden Valley, AZ, buying this dress means it may be worn once or twice a year. 

In life, we sometimes take for granted what we have. Being older I appreciate each morning that both my husband and myself wake up to live and love each other for another day.

Every day, I look around our home and I am truly appreciative of what we have. Yes life is indeed good in spite of some of the challenges we have suffered together.

Today, there appears to be such an emphasis on acquiring material things such as this new technology or the latest gadget guaranteed to make your life better.  We see people at restaurants sitting across from the table, typing on their mobile devices and not considering the other person at the table.

Out here in NW AZ we have friends, colleagues, peace, abundance (by our definition not society’s) and a wonderful life.  The wisdom of living and enjoying what we have is reflected in these words by Rekha (an Indian actress):

“People give ore importance to material things, it all seems to be a power game, while people ought be making the most of every moment as time is fleeting.”

Each day when we recognized what we have and appreciate what we have, possibly what we want is no longer as important as it once was.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Leanne - life continues to be a balancing act in many sorts of ways.  Decisions face us constantly.   Choosing wisely is important but can be confusing at times.  

Jun 03, 2024 08:02 AM
Leanne Smith

Yes our choices can be confusing and what we thought was a wise choice may have unintended consequences. Thank you as always for sharing your insight.

Jun 03, 2024 08:58 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


We cannot fill an empty, sad, or angry heart with things ... it just does not work that way. It may feel good for a minute or two but the feelings soon return. Happiness comes from within.  Cancer taught me that even less is more. I am a minimalist. I only buy what is necessary.  That is such a freeing feeling ... not being encumbered or shackled by so much STUFF.  

I wake up daily grateful for my life, health, home, son,  ... you get the idea. 

This post resonates deeply with me.  Thank you. 

Jun 03, 2024 08:47 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you for sharing your experience.  Even with the significant challenges we have faced from my husband's battle with cancer (he is recovered) to the loss of our daughter at the age of 38, we still appreciate what we have.  "Having things" is not as important as "having life."

Jun 03, 2024 08:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Leanne and bet you would look good in the blue dress with your blue boots.  I agree to many people are texting on their phones and not enjoying who they are to dinner with.


Jun 03, 2024 09:08 AM
Leanne Smith

Yes I probably would but I truly didn't need a blue dress even one that would work with my blue boots. Thank you and good morning Will Hamm 

Jun 03, 2024 09:40 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Leanne,
I am very conscious of how blessed I am. I'm way beyond wanting to accumulate more things. Relationships are on the top of my priority list at this time in my life. As for things, I'm into getting rid of what I no longer want or need and appreciating what I have.

There is no better feeling than being content.

Jun 03, 2024 09:35 AM
Leanne Smith

When we appreciate our blessings, I believe we truly recognize what we want versus what we need. Thank you and I agree about being content.

Jun 03, 2024 09:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Leanne- I'm with you. I've been out shopping and saw something that I probably would have purchased when I was younger. But now?  I'm happy in t-shirts and shorts.  I have dozens of purses but carry only one or two. 

But I can never have enough friends or enough time spent with my family. 

Jun 03, 2024 07:17 PM
Leanne Smith

Recently I purchased a new purse which is truly more like a wallet with a shoulder strap. Last month I donated the majority of my shoes and other purses to a local charity as I no longer where 2 plus inch high heels as boots are my go to footwear. Thanks for sharing your personal experience as well.

Jun 04, 2024 04:13 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Leanne you are so right but that is how life is and has been for all my life, some people need a $100million dollar home others are fine with a $1.2million dollar home in my market:)Endre

Jun 03, 2024 11:04 PM
Leanne Smith

Yes the desires, wants and needs are entirely different per market as are the prices.  Good morning and thank you for sharing your experience Endre Barath, Jr. 

Jun 04, 2024 04:10 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's an amazing photo scene, Leanne.  The silhouette of the tree against that amazing sky in the background.

Jun 05, 2024 08:15 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat We have so many amazing opportunities to capture Mother Nature out here.

Jun 05, 2024 08:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Leanne, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOSgroup!

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Jun 05, 2024 08:15 AM
Leanne Smith

Thanks so much for the feature, glad to know you enjoyed the photo.

Jun 05, 2024 08:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Leanne... having lost two long-time friends in the past couple of month, I know only too well how fleeting time is.

Jun 08, 2024 01:52 PM
Leanne Smith

Yes as we age we continue to lose friends and family which reflects the fleeting of time. Thank you and good morning.

Jun 09, 2024 10:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Leanne:

This is such an inspiring reminder to us all to be thankful for what we have as opposed to being more focused on material things we think we want...but likely don't need.


Jun 08, 2024 04:41 PM
Leanne Smith

Sometimes it takes a while to come to that realization. Good morning to you Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Jun 09, 2024 10:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 08, 2024 05:44 PM
Leanne Smith

Thank you for the feature, very much appreciated and good morning.

Jun 09, 2024 10:16 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I strive to live a 80-10-10: Lifestyle. 80% is your Monthly Nut . The first 10% is for Charitable Giving/ Spiritual Tithing. The Second 10% is to be invested and grow 

Jun 08, 2024 05:49 PM
Leanne Smith

Three very inspiring goals. Congratulations and good morning to you.

Jun 09, 2024 10:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Leanne. "A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants." It took me quite some time to get to that point. Enjoy your day.





Jun 09, 2024 04:33 AM
Leanne Smith

My sense many of us have taken a while to come to that realization. Good morning and thank you for your contribution to this ongoing dialogue.

Jun 09, 2024 10:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Somehow I missed this post! I totally agree - being thankful for what we do have makes life so much more enjoyable. I rarely buy new clothes but I just put on some shorts yesterday and said, Geez, I think I need to buy another pair - because they are frayed, sagging, falling apart. My husband told me I'd had them at least as long as I've known him, which is 15 years, but no, I've had them a lot longer. I think that is a necessity at this point, not a desire! :-)

Jun 09, 2024 07:17 AM
Leanne Smith

Out here jeans and tops are the standard wear.  When I do buy a new top, I donate an older one.  I love dresses, but have place to wear them.

Jun 09, 2024 10:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti I am wearing a pair of shorts just like that now!!! They are my favorite!!!

Jun 09, 2024 04:56 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I struggle with accumulating too much. I see a roadside find and I'll drag it home to give it new life. I buy clothes while my closets are overflowing. If I could minimize, life would be so much simpler. Leanne, this is a lovely, motivating post. Thank you.

Jun 09, 2024 10:29 AM
Leanne Smith

I too have the same struggle, but have learned to continually ask myself do I really need this? Much of my struggle is with anything associated with horses as well as cowboy boots. 

Jun 09, 2024 10:30 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I agree with Rekha -  TIME > Money and 'Things' . . . 💯

Jun 12, 2024 10:06 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you and good morning. See you later this morning as well.

Jun 13, 2024 05:34 AM