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Defining Success

How would you define success? If we take our clues from the media, we might think that success is a nice car, a perfect body, or popularity—and spend our lives pursuing such things. 

But George Barna conducted a nationwide survey that asked people what would really make them happy—what life outcome would they view as truly successful. 25% listed some kind of tangible accomplishment like financial accumulation, 14% listed emotional fulfillment, and 8% listed good health. But the #1 desired life outcome (at 32%) was a good family life. Most people would consider their life a success if they had: "a strong family unit, a solid and lasting marriage or if they had done a good job of raising their children."  

In spite of all the noise to the contrary, people know in their heart of hearts that family is the priority.

Reference: "Family and Personal Accomplishments Lead People's List of Success Determinants," The Barna Update, barna.org, 11/6/02

Dinner Time

An article in The Arizona Republic, citing research by the Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, said: "The more often kids eat dinner with their parents, the less likely they are ... [Read More]

Reference: "Families that eat together …," The Arizona Republic, 1/22/03

Happy Families

Leo Tolstoy begins his classic novel Anna Karenina with the famous opening sentence: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

There are certain basic princi... [Read More]

Reference: Leo Tolstoy, translated by Constance Garnett, Anna Karenina (Doubleday), written 1875-1877