The layaway plan

It is unreasonable to think that we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Do you remember when buying bigger, more expensive items on layaway was a common thing? At one time, most department stores offered a layaway plan. While a few stores still offer these plans, for the most part, they’re a thing of the past. The widespread availability of credit cards has greatly diminished the need for layaway plans. I don’t think I mind the layaway plan fading away, but I’m troubled by the shift in mindset that’s come …
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Where’s your focus?

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. Harold Coffin I recently read about an interesting psychological study and wanted to share the story with you. Researchers conducted a series of experiments where groups of two people were presented one hundred dollars to split between them. One person would decide how to divide the money and could split the funds in any fashion. Once that choice was made, the other person would either accept or reject the split. If the person accepted the proposed split, the two would share the money as agreed. But …
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Choices

We always have a choice about the content and character of our inner lives. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. I enjoy reading the comic strips in the newspaper. Frequently, they offer a bit of humor — a pleasant diversion in our troubling world. And sometimes they offer great insight into life and how to live it. (I consider either one a win.) A few years ago, a Hagar the Horrible strip contained a good lesson in life. In case you aren’t familiar with the strip, Hagar is a Viking whose livelihood involves raiding and plundering richer civilizations. On this particular …
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