What’s your Christmas wish?

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. Eric Sevareid 1912 – 1992 This is the time of the year when the Christians of the world celebrate the birth of Christ. But you don’t need to be Christian to take part in (and benefit from) this celebration. I’d like you to take a few minutes and think up a Christmas wish. If there was a Christmas Fairy who could grant you one wish, what would you ask? Maybe you’d wish that there …
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Getting or giving

Real life is being things on the inside, not getting things on the outside. Ralph Parlette 1870 – 1930 This little incident took place a few years back, at a gathering for some of our extended family. We’d finished lunch and the children had settled into play mode. The weather was nice, so most of the children were playing outside, but there was one toddler sitting in the middle of a pile of toys. He had picked out one toy and was deeply engaged in it. Then another child about the same age wandered into the room. The newcomer fixed …
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The consumer treadmill

Men do not desire to be rich, but to be richer than other men. John Stuart Mill 1806 – 1873 Treadmills are wonderful — for exercise. Otherwise, being on a treadmill means spending a lot of time and energy but not making any real progress. Unfortunately, we’ve become a nation that spends an awful lot of time on the consumer treadmill. Let me explain what I mean. Over the last 20 years, our standard of living has increased significantly. Yet our feeling of well being has actually decreased. We’re earning more money and buying more things, but it’s not making …
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