Control The Things You Can

Another article from my friend Tedd about the importance of focusing on the things you can control.  It brought to mind the “Serenity Prayer”.
The Serenity Prayer
  God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Does this sound familiar?  “It doesn’t matter how hard I work – the bills just keep piling up; the cost of living and the stock market are killing me; the politicians are ruining everything.”
If you’ve ever had these or similar thoughts, then you must feel  powerless over your financial well-being.  This is sad, for it is unnecessary to feel like you have no control.
Our information culture offers a range of financial data and “advice”, ostensibly to help you take control of your financial life.  Perhaps you listen to the daily (or maybe even hourly) market reports.  Perhaps you are concerned that the Fed is changing interest rates.  Perhaps you care about the pundits’ predictions as to what the economy will do over the next quarter, or year, as if what they think matters.  Perhaps you even read books on investing, and there certainly are enough of those to keep one busy.

Read the complete article here …

via Control The Things You Can.

Financial Checkup Time

An interesting article by my friend, Tedd Oyler: 


OK, call it a New Year’s Resolution, if that helps.
Every 3,000 miles or so you take your precious automobile in for a tune-up, right?  And every year or so you trudge off to the doc to have your one-of-a-kind physical body checked out, don’t you?  And many of us attend church regularly or do some other work in order to maintain properly our spiritual lives.
The reason we do these things is simple enough: We want to prolong the lives and efficiency of the tools we have been given. This is pure common sense.  Our automobile is the practical tool we move around in.  Our physical body is the tool we live in, and our spiritual life is the “tool” that guides us.

via Financial Checkup Time.

Choosing Happiness « MissusP\’s Not So Personal Life

Choosing Happiness « MissusP\’s Not So Personal Life

I’ve always found that choosing happiness isn’t as easy as it sounds. Thanks to a good friend for sharing this quote. You know who you are and why I love it so.

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
– John Lennon

via Choosing Happiness « MissusP\’s Not So Personal Life.