White County Public Library

 Cathy Farley Director 

    By the time you read this, Christmas will be over and the New Year will have begun.  But today as I write this, we are in the final days leading up to Christmas.  I know this because I received over 30 email messages today, reminding me that I only have 2 more days to shop or my whole family will be very disappointed in me.
     Messages like those make me want to participate in those radical movements where the people try diligently for a whole year to buy nothing new.  No new clothes, shoes, or purses.  No new shiny electronics or appliances.  The only thing this group purchases is consumable goods, like food, gasoline and other like items.  
     Just imagine how much neater your house would be if you could succeed with this challenge.  What a powerful lesson this could be on how our lives become full of stuff that we think might somehow bring us happiness, but the real happiness comes from within. It comes from being content with yourself, those around you and your life.
     But the reality for me is I have a six year old who grew about two inches in the last twenty minutes.  Maybe we will have a minimalist new year next year!
     Happy New Year!

                               -Cathy Farley