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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: Seeing is Believing
By Barbara Mahler
07/25/10


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Seeing is believing; or so we are told - so much so that we believe only what we see when we see it.

When my friend uttered wistfully that he had just “squandered” four dollars on lottery tickets, our ensuing conversation provided reflection and a change of attitude on my part.

My friend, Bill, is a disabled veteran living on a fixed income. A few years ago even though he had no legal responsibility for them he chose to help provide a home for several young children. He struggles with the fact that the parent of one of the children pays rent on a less than regular basis, and this situation has resulted in utility services being shut off.

When I asked about his tenant’s response to the situation Bill answered:
“He says he doesn’t have the money.”

“So this has happened before?” I couldn’t help but inquire.

“Yes, but I would use my savings to pay the bill. Now I don’t have any more savings,” Bill replied.

Prior to this conversation I didn’t perceive my friend to be one who would “squander” anything; now I have no doubt, but his ongoing lottery ticket purchases made me aware of his positive, hopeful attitude despite his dire circumstances.

I can’t help but reflect that my actual circumstances are somewhat better than my friend’s in that I have a job – two actually, but I had never bought lottery tickets.

Because I now believe to be possible what I am not able to see at this moment I “squander” two dollars weekly on lottery tickets. For me it is an investment in positive thinking as well.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/10
Although I'm not sure everyone would agree with you about the lottery tickets, I liked that you had the courage to state your opinion. I also liked how you showed the lesson that things may not always be how we first see them.
Phee Paradise 08/04/10
I like that you used the story of your friend to make your point. I love what he did for the children, but I'm not sure I understand how the lottery tickets help.