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Covet

Sometimes I think about how all the things we have and work for and want don’t ultimately make us happy and, indeed, often contribute to our aggregate misery and anxiety. The house (the mortgage), the car (the payments), the jeans (the back fat), the trinkets (and the losing them). The trips to Target propelled by a vague sense of wanting something–something I don’t need and the manufacture of which probably contributed to the misery of someone else. Sometimes I fantasize about getting rid of it all and just getting out and doing something, like our friend Becky who right now is driving across the country conducting censuses of homeless people in different cities, determining those most at risk for dying, and housing them. (See Common Ground’s 100,000 homes campaign.)

And sometimes, like this morning, I think, “this would be a good day for diamond earrings.”

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