This blog is designed for anyone who dares to dream BIG dreams or is interested in self-discovery: for a deeper meaning to life. It was not intended for the purpose of extending advice, but merely to share the author’s views on life. It is meant to take you on a journey of the mind, body and soul...to make you stop and think. Let’s explore together…
Friday, June 10, 2011
What does the good life mean to you?
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The “good life” is a relative concept and is open to interpretation, as it may mean different things to different people. But some things are just universal I think. Everyone wants to be loved…then there are different kinds of love…which is a whole different story which we’ll save for another time;) Everyone would like all their needs fulfilled – a comfortable place to live, food, clothes, reliable transportation, the ability to earn an honest living and such. Of course, what we consider comfortable may not be another person’s cup of tea and vice versa...the same goes for food and clothing. Therein lies the perception of needs and wants.
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What you would like to have in order to enjoy a good life might be different from what you need, or in some cases what you settle for. Some people prefer simplicity and to them luxuries do not matter. This may be due to a number of reasons such as upbringing, socialization, peer pressure, religion, personality, means/affordability, size of family –the list goes on. To many of us, a good life may consist of having family and friends to share and spend happy times with, sharing a warm drink on a rainy day, playing hide and seek with your kids or living your passion. It may mean having an active social life or having lots of peace and quiet, traveling the world, giving back to charity, using your hands in creative endeavours, having the freedom of owning your business, being debt free. Those in hot climates would like some cold weather every now and then and others in temperate regions would like some sunshine. The good life may mean having enough to provide the best education, health and other amenities for your family. It may simply mean being able to live in a free country, being healthy, being able to enjoy nature, having a relationship with a Higher Being, being free from anxiety or worry, living carefree, stress-free, happy, content, self confident, independent, bold, adventurous or being able to see/hear/walk/talk/run/sing/dance!
It’s important that we can separate the needs from the wants, the material and worldly from the free God given gifts of nature/life and talent. We cannot take anything for granted since many others are not as fortunate.