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Topic: See (07/22/10)
TITLE: Seeing is Believing
By Barbara Mahler
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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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