Today was a glorious Sunday morning; there was not a cloud in the sky. I decided to go outside and wash the cars before the main heat of the day. It’s really not a difficult job as I have a wide driveway and long hoses and sponges.
As I was spraying down the cars, I realized that they were not very dirty. I suddenly remembered that my husband washed the vehicles about a week ago. Why did I feel the need to go and wash the cars again? I could have easily skipped that chore for a second cup of morning coffee and the Sunday paper.
There is something to be said about the pride of ownership. After all, nobody ever washes a rental car. Taking care of what I have makes me feel grateful. Some psychologists would also tell you that it gives you a sense of wellbeing.
Of course, the obvious upside of taking care of what you own is that you are maintaining the value and everything is kept in working order. We all have driven past cars that are dirty, dented and have billows of black smoke coming out of the exhaust.
Taking care of your possessions will extend their life. However, for me taking the time to wash my cars is a reminder to be grateful for all that I have. In comparison, it may be more possessions than most or perhaps less than what my neighbor has. Nevertheless, it is what has been given to me and I will be grateful for all of it. In addition, I will strive to take good care of all of my belongings.
The next time you are washing your car, painting your steps or cleaning out the garage. Be thankful for all what you have.
The Pride of Ownership should always give us a sense of thankfulness.