Didn't know I was bilingual did you? I took a year of French in high school but I spent all my time drooling over boys and passing notes to best friends, hi Heather and Marisa! Translation: I learned nothing useful except how to count to five and a few swear words, helpful right?!
This is my baby and his doggie. It smells, it's dirty, it's losing it's stuffing and it's a shadow of it's former glory but he loves that thing. And when I say love I mean can't sleep, eat, play, pretty much do anything without it. He has other animals but this is the one that he loves. He's happy with what he has and doesn't need anything more.
As we try to pay off our debts we're sticking to a budget and we're cutting back on pretty much everything but I'm learning that that's okay because even when we cut back we still have a home and food and clothes when we need them and two cars and internet access and running shoes, seriously I could go on all day. I'm blessed and I'm trying to remember that and be grateful for what I have instead of what I think I'm lacking.
So embrace the dirty doggies in your life! Being aware of what you have instead of what you don't makes life easier. At least that's what I think then again I also call myself bilingual so...