Tuesday, August 4, 2009

House on the Rock --here is an example of meaningful goals

 Set Meaningful Goals

Lack of meaningful goals in life can lead to sadness. If you do not find meaning in what you are doing,

 you are likely to feel unhappy.

To solve this, ask yourself what goals you can set that to you would be meaningful. 

The goals need not be major ones. Even a temporary minor goal is better than none at all.

Make a list of goals to strive for. Be as specific as possible. Vague goals are not very motivating. 

Write down the major areas of your life and set goals in each of these areas: 

spiritual goals, interpersonal goals, self-improvement goals, etc.

 Here is an example of a family that sets meaningful goals.
I hope the pictures of the house on the rock come out.

Love Yehuda


 Clingstone, an unusual, 103-year-old mansion in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, survives through the love and hard work of family and friends.

Henry Wood, the owner, runs the house like a camp: all skilled workers welcome. 

The Jamestown Boatyard hauls the family's boats and floating dock and stores

them each winter in return for a week's use of the house in the summer.



Mr.  Wood, a 79-year-old
Boston architect, bought the house with his ex-wife Joan

in 1961 for $3,600.  It had been empty for two decades.


Clingstone had been built by a distant cousin, J.S.  Lovering Wharton.  Mr.  Wharton

worked with an artist, William Trost Richards, to create a house of picture windows

with 23 rooms on three stories radiating off a vast central hall.



The total cost of the construction, which was completed in 1905, was




An early sketch of the house.  Mr.  Wood is as proud as any parent of his house,

and keeps a fat scrapbook of photographs and newspaper clippings that document

its best moments.  Many of the historic photos he has were provided by the company

that insured the house for its original owners.


The Newport Bridge is visible from the windows of the Ping-Pong room,

to the left of the fireplace.



The house is maintained by an ingenious method: the Clingstone work weekend.  Held

every year around Memorial Day, it brings 70 or so friends and Clingstone lovers

together to tackle jobs like washing all 65 of the windows.  Anne Tait, who is married

to Mr. Wood's son Dan, refinished the kitchen floor on one of her first work weekends


There are 10 bedrooms at Clingstone, all with indecently beautiful views


The dining room table seats 14.  Refinishing the chairs is a task on the list

for a future work weekend.


Sign by the ladder that leads to the roof reads: No entry after three drinks

or 86 years of age.  "It used to say 80 but we had a guy on a work weekend

who was 84, so I changed it," said Mr.  Wood, ever the realist.  It would have

been a shame to curtail the activities of a willing volunteer



  No lawn, no neighbors, no solicitors, no busy streets!