Make It Last, Make It Matter

I was watching television.  This one commercial, it spoke to me.  Not about what they were selling, but the story leading up to the product.  The product seemed irrelevant to the message.

The message was about life.  About living.  About living long.  And living as if it mattered.

Given my own history of a health crisis, it spoke to me.  And reminded me of a cancer patient in my chaplaining days years ago.  She grabbed my arm, pulled me down, looked me in the eyes and said, “Don’t waste it.”

I think I did in the years after that.  Not completely, but enough that her words haunt me.  And call me to make it matter.  For as long as I can.

That’s what I discuss in my podcast this week.  The importance of making it last, and making it matter.  Your life, that is.

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Life, Liberty, and “Having Fun”: #27 Thriveology Podcast

Meaning of pursuit of happiness.We seem to be in “pursuit of happiness,” just like the founding fathers of the United States promised!

Or did they???

July 4th, Independence Day in the United States, often ends up being one more excuse to party and have a good time.  No problem there. . . unless that becomes our only real pursuit.

I was chatting with someone last week and asked, “what are you doing this weekend?”  His answer, “Pursuing happiness.”  Then, he reminded me this was a promise in the Declaration of Independence.

I just wonder, was Thomas Jefferson really putting together the idea of Life, of Liberty, and of “Having Fun” as the three guarantees of being human, protected by government?

Or have we just made the meaning too easy, too cheap, too hedonistic.  Sure, there is a place for a good time, but it is likely not important enough to be protected by the founding of a country.

So, what is the real meaning of “pursuit of happiness?”  I examine this in the latest Thriveology Podcast.  And I discuss how the pursuit of happiness, as originally intended, can help you thrive.

Join me as we find better ways to thrive!