In the past, a hope chest was how an unmarried woman prepared herself for her future as a bride. She wasn’t starting out her marriage empty handed. She was bringing something into the union: ...

What do you prefer, the main dish or dessert? If you go to the pantry, what’s your snack of choice, an apple or a candy bar? What do you guzzle when you are thirsty, clear water or a fizzy ...

What’s the mark we want to make on the world? Are we into personal achievement, taking our best and going one step further? Or is family our thing, where close involvement with our siblings ...

Success. It avoids you like the plague. People you’ve known have gone on to become successful, with fine houses, sleek cars, and a lifestyle that any social media influencer could envy. Even ...

Drive from Dallas to Houston, and a giant white statue of Sam Houston, Texas icon, leaps 67 feet into the air beside I45. Houston was one of the first two individuals to represent the new state of ...

What’s that cloud of darkness hovering over you? What are the storms blocking the light of day? How many times can you wake up to gloom and depression before you begin to give up hope? God ...

So, your goal is to be a millionaire. Retire by age 30. Attain a level of success no one else in your family has achieved. You’re confident you can do this. Everyone tells you you’re the ...

The word nugget tells us something is special. A nugget of gold is worth more than gold dust. Miners whoop in excitement to find one. Chocolate mixed into vanilla ice cream is tasty. Bite into a ...

Some things are too big to move out of our way. We can’t kick them aside. If we try, we’ll only bruise our toes. We must learn to live with them, work them into our expectations, and let them ...

Plant a seed in the ground, and it grows. How hard is that? In nature, we don’t even need to put in that much work. If a weed comes up in our yard, soon we have a hundred, and we weren’t ...

Who likes a braggart? We all have that uncle, the one who regales us with tales of his great and wonderful life, even though we have doubts he’s being honest with himself. Climbed Everest at ...

A paycheck. We expect one when we show up at work. The hours we devote to our employer, well, we expect something back. We do this for you, we say. Now, it’s your turn to do something for ...

An old mantra was the need to “find ourselves.” That meant to discard the things important to other people and decide what made us “tick.” Like an old fashion windup clock. Tick, tick. ...
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