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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Winning by inches

If you celebrate the small victories, you will eventually win the war. Ian K. Smith 1969 – I’ve noticed a certain preference in our culture for fast, dramatic accomplishments: the winning lottery ticket, the Grand Slam home run, the Hail Mary touchdown, the runaway bestseller. We’re drawn to the opportunity for an immediate win, for reaching our goals in one fell swoop. These achievements might appear to be worth chasing — after all, who wouldn’t want a big victory in a short time frame? But what do we lose when we always swing for the fences? For a start, there’s a reason why …
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On being thankful

Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have. It’s so simple — yet so difficult for the human mind to comprehend. Bill P. and Lisa D. Hazelden Publishing With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it seems only appropriate to discuss the importance of reflecting on all the good things we have in life. The Pilgrim Fathers recognized the value of expressing gratitude for life’s gifts and started the tradition of setting aside a special day to give thanks for our …
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