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May 3, 2017

Declare Your Independence

“It’s easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing — that’s the Lord’s test.”
(Mahalia Jackson)

For most of us, our existence is dependent upon working to earn a living. The vast majority of us are not, as the old expression goes, “independently wealthy.”

But as Ms. Jackson states it, you don’t need money to declare your independence. What you need is to lesson your needs.

We throw that word, “need,” around all the time, never contemplating the ramifications.

  • To our kids: “I need you to get dressed on time this morning, okay?”
  • To our significant other: “I need you to validate my feelings, or help more around the house, or increase your sexual desire for me.”
  • To anyone within earshot: “I need more money.”

What if we didn’t need those things?

(On Friday, we’ll answer this question…stay tuned)

Peace begins with pause,

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