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Holiday gatherings, and the month of dread which comes beforehand, are some of the most frustrating and depressing times for many people. These are supposed to be celebrations and reunions, but one of the biggest contributing factors which makes these events problems, is that so many people are measuring themselves and others with the wrong measuring sticks.

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Tradition is to compare and judge others’ lives against one’s own life, based primarily and superficially on physical accomplishments, because these are the easiest things to put into words and are most similar across humanity in western cultural terms.

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Examples: awards and educational degrees earned; prestige or money from jobs and number of promotions; home size, toys, and cars; money spent on gifts; kids and their growth, involvements or accomplishments; fun activities and places visited; number or class of friends; club memberships; books read or written; childhood dreams realized; etc.

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But you can HAPPILY look like a failure by all of those standards, IF you have gained (or know you are gaining) understanding of humanity and of God, your reason for existing, and what will outlast the fleeting years at hand. For if understanding a good chunk of those things is what you pour your time and resources into, you can feel confident in your abilities to be an honest benefit to fellow humans and to the entire universe.

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Communicating a meaningful measurement of your life is often hard, because there’s so much value in the fleeting moments which are like little pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and just as hard to remember or explain their context.

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Examples: the times you made someone smile, were kind to a clerk, gave a hug, answered someone’s nagging question, realized the answer to your own questions, forgave someone, lovingly sacrificed your own desires for someone else’s good. The times God’s Spirit embodied you and shined through to lighten and enlighten the world with love.

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So gather with grace, confidence, compassion and love for everyone, wherever they measure up at the moment–or think they measure up–on any yardstick. Hope for meaningful progress.

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Happy holidays!

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© NPM

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While searching blogs tonight, I came accross this great story of a little girl whose fanciful tale was published along with some other children’s stories, and how excited she was to see her own words in a book, and to see what other kids had written…

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http://rachelsbooknook.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/write4fun-35/

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I know that post was some time ago, but NOW all English-speaking kids ages 5 to 13 have an opportunity for the same kind of exciting, positive experience.

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Enjoy reading the post in the above link, and then have YOUR kids enter Rifll Publishing’s FREE Kid’s Challenge/contest right now! (Or mark it on tomorrow’s schedule, if you are reading this while your kids sleep.)

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Get all your questions answered here:   http://www.rifll.com/challenge.htm

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Give your child the thrill of being published, plus challenge him or her to coming in First Place. Help your child enter now! http://www.rifll.com/challenge.htm ~Share the fun: invite friends & followers to participate.

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Here’s our business card for Gifting Genie, Inc.


Back in May I wrote you a little poem about being busy making the website for a new business I was starting with a friend:

https://nonameportermcshirley.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/its-been-a-busy-spring/

Well the website is finally finished, and the business up and running.

With so many occasions, YOU’LL HAVE A LOT MORE TIME if you let the Genie take care of the gifts for you!”


Sure you can give gifts cheaper if you do it yourself, but think of the time you spend thinking up what might make someone happy, shopping for it, wrapping it, going to the post office and paying for shipping (or trying to hide it at home, if it’s for a close family member).

Multiply that time by several people on your shopping list, times two or three occasions per year.

Think of the stress and hassle when you don’t remember an important occasion until it’s almost too late to buy a gift.

What about grandparents who would like their growing number of grandchildren to each receive special gifts throughout the year, but aren’t physically able to do that much shopping?

SOLUTION:
Fill out our questionnaire, choose the amount you want to spend, and pay securely through PayPal.com. Then put your mind and your time to other things—the Gifting Genie will take care of all the hassle and make sure your friends, family or colleagues receive gifts on time, on your behalf.

Fill out the questionnaire only once, and we can keep sending gifts year after year if you like. Cancel at any time.


Please take a look and see what you think…


http://www.giftinggenie.com/


Thanks!

…And now I have to get back to my regular type of posts—absolutely free helpful/interesting ideas & information 🙂  I hope you read the rest of my blog.


© NPM

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Rifll Publishing is offering a Februray 2012 Special regarding two of my books (buy one, get the other FREE). See their offer on Twitter or FaceBook :

 
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I have no control over when Amazon changes their prices, so if you want to take advantage of this great price, you’d better hurry!

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