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Happy in a Shack

A man and wife enjoyed playing “Here’s How I’d Remodel That House” game as they traveled. They would take turns picking out certain houses and explain how they would remodel them. One day as they were driving, they saw an old, dilapidated house that looked like it had been abandoned. The husband stopped in front of the house and said, “I tell you what I’d do with that shack. I’d bulldoze it down and start over.”


At that moment, an elderly man stepped out of the house onto the front porch. With a big smile on his face, the old man waved at them as though they were long-lost friends. The couple waved back and then drove on down the road.


The husband said, “Do you think he would have been that friendly if he knew what I said about his house?”


After a long pause the wife replied, “Probably so!”


The happiest people in the world are those who don’t allow anything or anyone to steal their joy.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 30)

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