The Good Life and Contentment

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) Poet, Playwright

How often have we heard reference made to the “rat race.” There’s a reason it’s called that… little rodents running to and fro. It can be a real rat race for those who struggle for the so-called “good life.” But, what’s so good about life when you have no time to enjoy it? Lots of hustle and bustle but little to no time for family, not to mention friends… sometimes even self. Often, when it’s too late some find they’ve run the race and climbed the ladder of success only to find it’s leaned against the wrong wall.

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Who’s Your Master?

Happy is harder than money.
Anyone who thinks money will make them happy, doesn’t have money.
~~ David Geffen ~~

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

I once had a plaque on my den wall that read: He who dies with the most toys, wins!  Another displayed nearby said: The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.  One is definitely true while the other is most definitely not.  Can you guess which one?  I don’t know what’s happened to those wall hangings, I haven’t seen them in a long time.  But like most things of material value they can be easily lost, even forgotten.

As a young father years ago struggling to make a living and hoping for financial independence I gave up a lot to work many of the jobs I once gave a big part of my life to.  I held very few positions where I wasn’t required to work nights, weekends and holidays.  I would often miss many extended family events, holidays and birthdays, even a few vacations etc..  I often reflect on how much is too much and what sacrifices must some pay in that struggle to get ahead? Continue reading