Thanks for joining me on this adventure we call life!
Today I speak as myself, not as the kid I once was or hopefully as the wise man I will become. However, even as I am today I feel compelled to share what I have learned and experienced. While certainly not perfect, I hope my words will find a place to serve someone and aid them in their pursuit of happiness.
I judge success now as Emerson once elegantly described:
“To laugh often and much, to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When it comes to the pursuit of happiness, I find people are often confused about the difference between happiness and material excess. They have long ago forgotten, or perhaps never read, Emerson’s description of success. Or maybe they have received a truncated version of the truth. Maybe they have missed some vital component of truth in this age of 140 characters (Twitter), sound bites, and brute force marketing.
My pursuit of happiness has led me to read, travel, and think across a wide range of topics and geographies in hopes of better understanding what I can do to become a happy person – a successful person. Now, as I grow ever closer to becoming that person I want to be, I think it is appropriate to share what I have learned, and hopefully change the way someone thinks about this life we have here.
Happiness is calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.
The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly. – John Muir