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    Rich as a King
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    Rich as a King


    William I, who conquered England some 930 years ago, had wealth, power and a ruthless army. Yet although William was stupefyingly rich by the standard of his time, he had nothing remotely resembling a flush toilet. No paper towels, no riding lawn mower. How did he get by?


        History books are filled with wealthy people who were practically destitute compared to me. I have triple-tracked storm windows, Croesus did not. Entire nations trembled before Alexander the Great, but he couldn't buy cat food in bulk. Czar Nicholas II lacked a compound-miter saw.


        Given how much better off I am than so many famous dead people, you'd think I'd be content. The trouble is that, like most people ,I compare my prosperity with that of living persons: neighbors, high-school classmates, TV personalities. The covetousness I feel toward my friend Howard's new kitchen is not mitigated by the fact that no French monarch ever had a refrigerator with glass doors.


        There is really no rising or falling standard of living. Over the centuries people simply find different stuff to feel grumpy about. You'd think that merely not having bubonic plague would put us in a good mood, but no, we want a hot tub too.


        Of course, one way to achieve happiness would be to realize that even by contemporary standards the things I own are pretty nice. My house is smaller than the houses of many investment bankers, but even so it has a lot more rooms than my wife and I can keep clean.


        Besides, to people looking back at our era from a century or two in the future, those banker's fancy counter tops and my own worn Formica will seen equally shabby I can't keep up with my neighbor right now. But just wait.


    The Significance of Failure

    Failure doesn't mean you are failure,

    It does mean you haven't succeeded yet.

    Failure doesn't mean you have accomplished nothing,

    It does mean you have learned something.

    Failure doesn't mean you have been a fool,

    It does mean you had a lot of faith.

    Failure doesn't mean you've been disgraced,

    It does mean you were willing to try.

    Failure doesn't mean you don't have it,

    It does mean you have to do something in a different way.

    Failure doesn't mean you are inferior,

    It does mean you are not perfect.

    Failure doesn't mean you've wasted your life,

    It does mean you have a reason to start afresh.

    Failure doesn't mean you should give up,

    It does mean you must try harder.

    Failure doesn't mean you'll never make it,

    It does mean it will take a little longer.

    Failure doesn't mean God has abandoned you,

    It does mean God has a better idea.