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What are the things you treasure the most?

There was a time when I had an ambition to write a Western. I figured, hey, Louis L'amour is dead, somebody has got to take his place, it just as well be me. But somewhere along the way I got distracted writing for church leaders and never got around to writing the Western.

If I ever get around to writing that book, it would center around the Western migration. People looking for better times on the other side of the danger-filled wagon trails. These were gutsy people. They cashed out their holdings back East and hit the trails looking for a better life. With a limited amount of space on the wagons, families had to choose what to take with them and what to leave behind.

If you had to choose, what would you load in your wagon? Certainly, you'd have to make room for food and the tools of your trade, but what about the extra space, what would you put in it? An heirloom, perhaps? How would you decide? Would you choose functionality over beauty? Or would you choose things for their sentimental value?

Deep into the journey, many pioneers discovered they really didn't need what they thought they couldn't do without. When push came to shove, more than one traveler threw heavy furniture, expensive heirlooms and things with sentimental value on the trail to lighten the load. They discovered that their "things" were putting their destiny in jeopardy. 

What do you treasure the most? Now that's a different question, isn't it? A gentle touch. The sounds of children playing. The smell of fresh bread baking. Friendship. 

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) the English essayist, poet, statesman said: "Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief."

Friends are our greatest treasure.

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