I'm going to talk about my refrigerator for a bit, I know this may sound odd, but stay with me.
When we bought our first house 8 years ago it had all new appliances. Prior to that wonderful house, we had lived in apartments and didn't really notice or care much about appliances or anything really, because as those of you who have rented know, the feelings you have for a rental are much different than the feelings you have for YOUR house.
Anyway, when we moved in I was so excited to have a new, big, "modern" refrigerator. It's 25.5 cubic feet (bigger than anything I'd had before, but not exactly huge by today's standards), white (this was just about when stainless was the new rage and the man who bought our appliances was, well, not into "new rage") it's a side-by-side and has a water and ice dispenser on the outside, also something I had never owned.
The point is, I was like a kid with a new toy and I felt so grown up and adult. Strange as it may sound, I really liked having a new refrigerator. The odd part about that is that the entire house was new and pretty spectacular, but I remember well the feeling I had about the fridge.
When we moved out of that house we took the fridge with us (long story). And now my then-new fridge is 8 years old, covered in letter magnets, and pictures of kids and their art. It has residue from stickers on it and honestly, compared to the stainless steel models out there now, with TVs and freezers on bottom, etc. it's pretty average.
I don't look at it anymore with that "I love you, you're so great and new" feeling. I just pass it by (often wishing it was stainless steel) and get on about my day.
But, when I stop and think about it I can conjure up that old feeling like it was yesterday! We tend to tire of our old items so quickly now, there's always something newer and better to replace them. Of course, that's not always realistic and even necessary, but I'm sure we all long to update things around the house every now and then.
Today I want to encourage you to find that loving feeling for an older item again—maybe something you used to love, one that gave you that "I can't believe this is mine" feeling. Go back in time to when you appreciated said item. Remember that feeling and fall in love all over again! It's nice to appreciate what we have instead of always wanting the latest and greatest, isn't it?