Category Archive: Contentment


Money and Security

Contentment


Money can mean security, at least in North American society. If you don’t have enough food to feed your family, finding food becomes the…

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Regrets on parting with my old bicycle (not really)

Contentment


This past summer I had my own Diderot Effect moment. The term comes from Grant McCracken, an anthropologist who has studied patterns of consumption….

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Downsizing By Choice

Contentment


Recently, seeing no “smaller appetite” options on a restaurant menu, I asked the waiter if I could order a smaller portion of a featured meal, believing…

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Money and Security

Contentment


I’ve noticed in my seminars that when I ask what money means, the first answer I get is usually “security.” But then someone in…

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How many balls are enough?

Contentment


Lil and I were playing with our grandsons Jameson and Caleb in our spacious backyard engaging them in a variety of “games.” An assortment…

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The Enemy of Contentment

Contentment


Covetousness and envy drive our consumer economy, propelled to a great extent by advertising. Do we really need a new car, a bigger boat,…

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Don’t Weigh the Chicken

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“When someone gives you a chicken, don’t weigh it.” – An African proverb Having much or little, the apostle Paul had learned to graciously…

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Let’s Be Realistic

Contentment


Contentment need not involve an absolute absence of desire nor a radical rejection of accumulation. Financially contented people are those who have achieved a…

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