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Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
-- Sydney J. Harris
 

 

Saturday, March 30, 1996

How much is too much?

My youngest daughter, who is almost 3 years old, has so many toys in her room that there’s barely room to sit down and play with them. So many as to almost be overwhelming -- it’s difficult to really enjoy any of them because all the others get in the way.

As adults we tend to be that way, too. We get involved in so many things, acquire so many material possessions, and spend so much time moving them around, repairing them and paying for them that we can’t even enjoy them.

Sure it’s good to have nice things. But there’s a danger in becoming so oriented toward materialism that we lose sight of the essence of life itself. We get so wrapped up in getting and keeping and maintaining and protecting, that we have no time for doing and sharing and caring and being and enjoying.

Remember that life is not defined by things. That is a very liberating thought because it makes you wealthier than any billionaire.

— Ralph Marston

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