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October 13, 2018 – 11:16 pm | 39 views

 
Do you have unhealthy dependencies? Can you give up your smart phone, luxury car, and golf clubs, or have you grown too dependent to let them go? Have you given them power over you?
I am not actually advocating that we give them away. I don’t feel guilty for enjoying the …

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A Typical Exchange
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The Curveball
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Looking Up
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Remember
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If It Ain’t Broke
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One Long Rod
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