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gets attached • excessive • simplify
cycles • senseless • treats
  1. That was a very and horrible thing to do.
  2. She to her boyfriends very quickly.
  3. He his mother with a lot of love and respect.
  4. You spend an amount of money on shoes.
  5. I am trying to my life by throwing away the things I don't need.
  6. We are learning about life now in biology class.
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Jeff talks about the good and bad in people.

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get attached

We should not get attached to money or cars or clothes.

When you 'get attached' to something you feel like you need to have it and that it is very important. Notice the following:

  1. It's easy not to get attached to people and places when you move around a lot.
  2. It didn't take her long to get attached to her new toys.

simplify or excessive

You should try to simplify your life and not be excessive with what you have.

When you 'simplify' something you try to make it less complicated or, according to Jeff, have less material things.  If you are 'excessive' you have more than a normal limit of something. Notice the following:

  1. The first thing we need to do is simplify the problem.
  2. Giving your son a new car for his birthday is a little excessive.

cycle

I believe in the cycle of good behavior, that if you treat people well, you will also be treated well.

A 'cycle' is a connection between things.  If you do one thing it causes something else and that causes something else. Notice the following:

  1. Humans cause many problems for environmental cycles.
  2. It is difficult to break the cycle of poverty.

senseless

For me, war is senseless, because it's a waste of money, time, and lives.

If something is 'senseless' there is no reason or purpose to do it. Notice the following:

  1. Sometimes she can be very senseless in her actions.
  2. It was a senseless use of the day.

treat

If you treat people poorly and badly, people will treat you badly.

The way you 'treat' someone is your action towards them. Notice the following:

  1. It is important that you always treat customers with respect.
  2. My parents taught me to treat people well.