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Nov 26

Contentment Leads To Generosity

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
4. Greed Gains Momentum

5. Gratitude Leads To Contentment

Contentment Leads To Generosity

Note: This post in NOT intended to brag or boast.

Oct 15

What Do You Care About?

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 in Financial, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Today is Blog Action Day.

The theme this year is the Power of WE.

In light of that I thought I would list some of the causes, charities and concerns that we have contributed money to. Not to give ourselves a pat on the back, but to affirm our belief in the value of giving and sharing; the power of WE.

Thus far this year we have given to many individuals and families, we believe in supporting local people — our “neighbors” — as well as:

Dec 7

Clean Water

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I love this picture.  It takes me by surprise how much I love capturing this picture. 

 

This little squirrel lives in our backyard.  We call this squirrel “Junior White Paws.”

Junior White Paws lives with White Paws in a nest in the tree outside our sliding glass door.

Junior White Paws is an active little squirrels who likes corn, peanuts and clean water.

This little squirrel gets to enjoy cleaner water than millions of people on this planet.  Clean, filtered water — free from contaminants — this squirrel is among the wealthy and privileged class of squirrels and people alike.

Mar 15

Keep Your Love Alive – Work Together

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in How To, Relational, Values

I cannot speak for everyone nor everyone’s situation, but I believe that trials are often a blessing in disguise in my life.

All our trials, great and small, can bring more of the two best things in life: love for life and love for others.”, wrote Gary Smalley.

Chuck Swindoll said, “There’s a old Swedish proverb: A shared sorrow is half the sorrow and a shared joy is twice the joy.”  It’s been a great joy to find that when I have trusted trustworthy people with my hardship they help me carry my load.

Nov 26

Black Friday or Blessing Friday?

Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 in Financial, How To

Thanksgiving weekend is a time when millions spend lots of time and money shopping.
Best Buy & Kohl’s, Target & Home Depot, the stores and malls will be filled.
I must admit I’m a little jealous.

Instead of spending money we gave money
We avoided the Black Friday shopping spree.
Instead we expressed our “thanks” by giving away our undesignated charity fund.

Less stress. More peace.
Less crowds. More fun.
Less stuff. More freedom.

Last year I wrote in a post entitled “Got Money Stress?” that budgeting discipline learned through Dave Ramsey principles had improved our financial situation despite the economy.