Honestly, I don’t recall Christmas shopping being this complicated, Amazon notwithstanding.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas (getting gifts purchased, getting cards sent out, the tree up and decorated, and items wrapped) – I feel like a could use a few of Santa’s Helpers.

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Contentment consisteth not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire; not in multiplying of wealth, but in subtracting men’s desires.

Thomas Fuller, in The Holy State

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In The Art of Happiness the Dalai Lama says that there are two ways we look for happiness. One is in seeking to satisfy our desires.  But he notes that in life our desires at some point will not be secured.  In time, a person will face a situation in which what they desire they cannot acquire.

He notes the second way to happiness is wiser and does not lead to frustration. His advice on securing happiness is: it is best not to have what you want, but rather to want and appreciate what you have.

To build a life on seeking presents a disquiet and urgency to each moment.  Such a course leaves no room for rest, for enjoyment, gratitude.

Better to want what you have and appreciate what you have.  There one knows contentment, peace of the soul, and end to urges for more and more, and the discontent of such a disposition.

Happiness resides in finding the joy in what you have in your possession.

Shalom.

The Lost Elites.  In our culture and in the Western democracies we have seen that the elites have separated themselves from the millions of average people. The lives of elites are quite different than the lives of the average person. The elites govern.  They shape public opinion.  The control education.  Run large financial institutions.  Yet, they have drifted away the average person, cannot experience the lives of the average person and this is precisely why the Democrats lost and the vested ruling class in the Republican Party could not imagine a man like Donald Trump just might win, and just might have something to offer this Nation.

The moral of this story is simply this: when you drift from others, think of yourself as privileged and above others – you will in time find those you have scorned will have their day.  Yes, the worm turns.  And, it has.

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