Someone to like you

Trying to control or change what we can’t only results in torment. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Not long ago, there was a Peanuts cartoon featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy that stood out for me. If you aren’t familiar with Peanuts, the characters are young children, maybe¬†five or six years old, and the story lines, though¬†funny or entertaining, can touch on real-life issues. Lucy is a strong-willed, self-assured girl, while Charlie Brown is the kid that never gets anything right; no matter what he does, somehow it turns out wrong. On this occasion, Charlie Brown was lamenting the fact that …
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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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Giving and getting

For it is in giving that we receive. St. Francis of Assisi c. 1181 -1226 When I was a young child, I wasn’t particularly fond of returning to school after the holidays — though not for the reason you might think. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like school as the fact that all my friends asked the same question: “What did you get for Christmas?” I’d have to recite the items I got and then ask them what they’d received. And naturally, each of us made a mental note of who got more. We judged ourselves on how …
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