Four questions to reclaim your time

A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 On some level, we each realize that we can’t do it all; we have a limited number of hours per day and a limited amount of energy. But we still try to do as much as possible, and we tend to feel guilty or beat ourselves up when we miss an opportunity or fail to complete an impossible to-do list. This issue seems to be particularly troublesome during the holidays; we have so many additional tasks and opportunities …
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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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