September 1, 2014

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Happiness? Some Factors

“Collins,” he said disconsolately, “Money is a nuisance!” He did not elaborate. I grinned at him as we finished our meal and waited for the program to begin.

He was an elderly gentleman who always seemed to have a cocked-hat chuckle and I was very fond of his company. I knew that he had lived frugally and had made a lucrative investment late in life.  Both he and I had grown up when times were hard economically. We were taught to work hard and save and invest. To discipline ourselves in terms of purchases. To care for our family and pass onto our children whatever was left. At the same time we were taught to keep material things in perspective. To realize that the measure of one’s life consisted of far more than things. To give responsibly to the church and other reliable charities.