4 Friday Favs

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity;

From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

* Just finished listening to The Goldfinch on Audible. Hours and hours of story ….. which I love generally. But unfortunately I did not care for the book and would not be quick to recommend it. Good thing there is lots of variety to fit our different tastes! Don’t they say “If the shoe fits, wear it”? Well the opposite must hold true too – if the shoe does not fit, don’t wear it – And that’s ok too.

* There’s a new book out that I have not read called The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice by William Damon and Anne Colby, that “explores the nature and uses of authentic humility, along with other essential virtues that support a fulfilling moral life”. This words that caught my eye were – “authentic humility”. There is something about that combination that I find irritating. In my mind, either you’re humble or you’re not. ‘Authentic’ humility is not an alternative to being humble. It is not more true, more real, than humility all by itself. On the other hand, if you’re talk about ‘false humility’, that does describe an alternate behavior, describing something other than one’s true & varying degree of humility. What do you think? Does adding ‘authentic’ make a difference to you? As always, adding your thoughts either on FB or on the website is appreciated!

And if you’re curious, you can take a quiz developed by the authors, to determine your own level of humility – just follow the link --


* This week my head has been almost completely caught up in cars since my daughter’s car suddenly died. So with the help of friends and family we began researching their cost, the best model any given year, reading their reviews, has been all consuming. And hand in hand with that was considering our bank account. What can we afford? What do we want to afford? Why do we want what we want, what are our ‘must haves’ in a car ….. on it goes. And this led me to think about finances and how people spend money.

One thing I know is that if you want to get a real idea of where your money is going, keep track of it. It does not require you being critical of what you spend, there’s no judgement involved. Just keep track of every purchase. For a week (or a month if you can be disciplined) write down every little thing you purchase – a coffee, a car, a dinner out, a garment on sale, a book that looks irresistible…. Write it all down. At the end of the week (or month) add it all up and put into categories – it won’t take very long but the insights you’ll have will be valuable. And those insights will lead to adjustments as needed, without self-flagellation and “the things that tempt you towards trouble become considerably less tempting, and that’s the vital point here—tracking your behavior, without striving to change it, gently reduces the amount of willpower and self-scolding required.”

“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer… Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have a fine weekend - xoxo Welmoet

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