Don’t forget the most important things!

The world seems to be falling apart.  Stocks are down; the European Union is sinking; way too many people are out of work; our politicians are completely inept; the weather is extreme; the wealth gap is growing rapidly;…

It is depressing to listen to the news and all of the pundits.

All of the noise and fear that the sky is falling make it very hard to remember the best things in life.  The Dow and the price of gold do make a difference, but they are not what really counts.  Perhaps we should develop new metrics, reported each night on the news in place of the stock market reports:

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*The number of people who visited an art museum today.

*The number of hours that couples walked hand-in-hand.

*The number of people who relaxed and watched the sunrise or sunset.

*The time spent listening to great music, preferably live.

*The number of homemade loaves of bread baked.

*The time spent reading great books.

*The time spent making things by hand.

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