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Getting It Together

Boxing champion George Foreman, in his book God in My Corner, explains the irony of envy.  He writes:


            A friend told me, “George, one day you’re going to have it all. You’ll have money, fleets of cars . . .” I envisioned everything he was describing. “Wow,” I replied, “I’m going to feel good when that happens.”

My childhood hero, football sensation Jim Brown, once came to my ranch to do a television interview with me. I always wanted to be just like Jim. By now, I was a successful world champion boxer and my idol actually came to my house. After gawking at my manicured lawn, beautiful home, and exquisite furniture, Jim Brown said, “George, you’ve got it made. I just hope one day I can get it together like you.”

Get it together like me? I was trying to get it together like him! (George Foreman, God in My Corner, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007, p.32.)

More Stuff Means More Maintenance

"Guys, just remember, if you get lucky, if you make a lot of money, if you get out and buy a lot of stuff--it's gonna break. You got your biggest, fanciest mansion in the world. It has air conditioning. It's got a pool. Just think of all the pumps that are going to go out. Or go to a yacht basin any place in the world. Nobody is smiling, and I'll tell you why. Something broke that morning. The generator's out; the microwave oven doesn't work . . . Things just don't mean happiness." --Ross Perot (Billionaire and former Presidential candidate) in Fortune magazine.

Happy in a Shack

A man and wife enjoyed playing “Here’s How I’d Remodel That House” game as they traveled. They would take turns picking out certain houses and explain how they would remodel them. One day as they were driving, they saw an old, dilapidated house that looked like it had been abandoned. The husband stopped in front of the house and said, “I tell you what I’d do with that shack. I’d bulldoze it down and start over.”


At that moment, an elderly man stepped out of the house onto the front porch. With a big smile on his face, the old man waved at them as though they were long-lost friends. The couple waved back and then drove on down the road.


The husband said, “Do you think he would have been that friendly if he knew what I said about his house?”


After a long pause the wife replied, “Probably so!”


The happiest people in the world are those who don’t allow anything or anyone to steal their joy.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 30)

Chasing Rainbows and Treasure

“As a child I was told and believed that there was a treasure buried beneath every rainbow. I believed it so much that I have been unsuccessfully chasing rainbows most of my life. I wonder why no one ever told me that the rainbow and the treasure were both within me.”--Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD, Child Psychiatrist

When You Take a Detour Enjoy the Scenery

"Happiness often depends on being able to enjoy the scenery when you have to take a detour." --Unknown

Your Happiness is Determined by You

"A person is generally about as happy as he's willing to be." --Abraham Lincoln

Cross Reference:

The Key to Overcoming Anger

The Treasure Beneath the Rainbow

Our Emotions Respond to the Way We Think

Never Satisfied

Searching for Gold

It Is Your Choice

Dog Playing Cards

Heart Shows Up on Your Face

Theology and Joy

Lighten Up

A Miserable Millionaire

The Unlucky Lottery

Dealing With Difficult People

Wearing a Teflon Attitude