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Monday, January 15, 2007

How Much is Too Much?

There are those who have and those who have not. I suppose I am one of the "haves." Anyone reading this on their computer is probably also one of the "haves." So, having admitted that I am one of the "haves," how do I know when I have too much?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it so much about having too much but what you do with what you have and how you regard what you have.

A deep philosophical question just before tea! Will try and come back to it later.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Elsie said...

Liz, I've been thinking about this since before Christmas. It started when I was out shopping (hate it) with a friend and ran into another friend. She was looking for the hot kids' video game thingie for her son ($399 US each). None to be found anywhere. She asked me, if I should see one in my travels, would I please pick up one for her. I, of course, said yes. She then said, if you can get two, please do, her neighbor was looking for one too. I said sure. I didn't give it another thought until the friend I was shopping with and I were in the car on the way home. She said, "Must be nice to be able to pick up one or two of those games for your friend. I can't afford one for my own kid." I replied that I was just picking up one for her and that she would pay me back. She said, "You don't get it, do you? I could not afford to pick up one for my friend. Must be nice." I was left feeling like a complete asshole. It got me to thinking, how much is too much, and how much do I take for granted. Sigh. I try to do the right thing but fear I'm totally on the wrong track.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elsie, first of all i don't think too much of the friend who made the comment. It's quite a harsh thing to say. You were going to do something for someone and, it seems to me, that your friend was envious. She isn't satisfied with what she has, and she wanted to make you feel bad. Maybe not intentionally but she did anyway.

Secondly, you and I are both fortunate that we have men who earn good money and we live comfortable lifestyles, looking after our homes, our men and, most importantly, our children. We shouldn't feel bad for that. Grateful yes but not guilty.

If I thought you were greedy and grasping and out for all you could get and never mind who gets in the way, I wouldn't write this, but you certainly don't seem to be that sort of person. Rather you come over as a kind, loving and generous woman who cares for those around her, and those she has contact with (via the web). Don't let envious people bring you down!

10:28 AM  

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