Your Money Or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez, a seminal work defining how we look at work and money.
Let's say one earns $40/hour. To go out to eat, spend $40 for dinner is equivalent to one hours worth of labor. But not so fast.
First, (and I'll be fast and loose with my numbers), the $40 becomes $20 after paying all the mandatory taxes. But let's not stop there. Let's add in the time to prepare for work, and the cost of the vehicle to transfer to work. And after work one must decompress by having a few drinks. The $20 easily becomes $10. And how about the cost of gas going to and from the restaurant?
So the $40/hour translates into working 4 hours for that meal. This is what Joe D. was talking about. We're trading a lot of our life's time and energy in wasteful means. By making a few thoughtful different choices, our lives could be much fuller with greater happiness and satisfaction.
Most people's lives are spent/stressed over making money. Getting up early, putting on the nice clothes, driving the expensive car, from the expensive house to make money. It's not just the job where one makes money, but it's the getting up early preparing for the job, then working and the enormous amount of time decompressing after the job.
Here's a list of stuff I'm writing down that is free. While it might seem trite, it's not meant to be in any way:
A healthy body including heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, you get the idea. When we're healthy we might take them for granted, but if we don't have outstanding health, we know how important it is. As one famous writer said "Happiness is a good bowel movement".
The air we breathe, water, library, sun, warmth, flushing toilet, eye sight, beauty, walking, the ocean, exercise, tennis, the parks, hiking, our five senses, friends.
Things nowadays that are free or nearly free: internet, phone, fruits and veggies (especially at the $.99 store), legumes, camera, video camera, voice recorder, you tube, facebook, email, netflix, calculator, fed ex, ups.
So we can choose to spend thousands on cars and houses, or make simple modifications like eating at home, and choosing to do those things that are free or cost little.
Is one's life richer because one owns more things and spends more money?
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Dr. David Barton is more of a historian than a Biblical speaker, but very famous for his knowledge of historical facts as well as Biblical truths.
Dr. David Barton - on Obama
Respect the Office? Yes.
Respect the Man in the Office? No, I am sorry to say.
I have noted that many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, called upon America to unite behind Obama.
Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!
I will respect the Office which he holds, and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him, BUT that is it.
I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President!
Why am I doing this?
It is because:
- I do not share Obama's vision or value system for America;
- I do not share his Abortion beliefs;
- I do not share his radical Marxist's concept of re-distributing wealth;
- I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make$150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);
- I do not share his view that America is Arrogant;
- I do not share his view that America is not a Christian Nation;
- I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%;
- I do not share his view of amnesty and giving more to illegals than our American Citizens who need help;
- I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;
- I do not share his views that Radical Islam is our friend and Israel is our enemy who should give up any land;
- I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);
- I do not share his beliefs on how to re-work the healthcare system in America;
- I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East; and
- I certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.
Bottom line: my America is vastly different from Obama's, and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my GOD to do what is Right!
For eight (8) years, the Liberals in our Society, led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status, have attacked President Bush, his family, and his spiritual beliefs!
They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies, and they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country!
They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being intolerant!
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years!
They have mocked and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!
They have made every effort to remove the name of GOD or Jesus Christ from our Society!
They have challenged capital punishment, the right to bear firearms, and the most basic principles of our criminal code!
They have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms, the right of free speech!
Unite behind Obama? Never!
I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard, but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil!
PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency, and I am not sure how history will judge him. However, I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!
Majority rules in America, and I will honor the concept; however, I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and his "goals for America ..."
I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who, if left unchecked, will destroy our Country! Any more compromise is more defeat!
I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-GOD crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!
GOD bless you and GOD bless our Country!