Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • The reflection of the church on the shiny expensive car made me pause to reflect on the morality of owning something so very nice when the world is in such crisis and people are struggling to eat and give clean water to their children.

    And then I thought how guilty I sometimes feel for the things I have, even though I don't have anything nearly as shiny or expensive as this car. And that maybe I shouldn't feel any guilt. Maybe it's okay to have nice things as long as you haven't trodden on someone else in order to have them.

    And I wondered if not having shiny things would make the world a duller and less reflective place and we might all be poorer for it.

    I thought perhaps then, that maybe I was making excuses for people who bought shiny things instead of giving the money to those in need instead. And I felt guilty for the things I owned all over again.

    And then I wondered why I was even wasting my time wondering about all these things and I felt drained by the world and all it's problems and responsibilities, and utterly powerless to change anything.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.