What does "living the good life" really mean anyway? Is it a monetary thing? Or is it good time spent with family and friends?
To this day, I'm still annoyed by the question, "So what do you do for a living?". I've always despise the implication that our lives somehow equates to how we earn our living. The question, what do you do for a living, should be answered appropriately - how do you live your life.
And that there my friend is a question. How do you live your life and is it a good life to you and for you? This thought came to me a few days ago and as I pondered on it, I came up with my personal list of essentials, in no particular order, that covers spirituality, health, relationships, economics and recreation.
Good Friends. Hands down the best support system one could ask for. Oftentimes, it's our friends that either get us through difficult times or make our best times exponentially better. You owe it to yourself to develop meaningful friendships.
A close friend is that person, say if you were in a pickle in a foreign country and had only one phone call to make - that's your guy or gal.
For me, it would be my brother-from-another-mother Todd. Why? Because I know, without question, he would leave no stone unturned to get me out of there. A real friend that would come get you!
The casual friend is the one that'll be at your Welcome Home party. We need both.
Culture. Our native tongue, music, passed-down traditions and dress. These are all things we must keep alive that helps to define our uniqueness in this mashed up world. When blended together it brings vitality, influence, power and rightness to this blue marble.
Productivity. The opposite of productivity is a death sentence. There is no sleeping in this game of life. Rest? Sure, rest is needed, but only long enough to regain your strength, focus and get back to hustling. A wise man once said, "What's the reason for the seasons and the seeds, the soil and the sunshine, the rain and the miracle of life? It's to see what you can do with it - to try your hand to see what you can do."
Don't Miss Anything. Not the game, the performance, the movie, not even the dance. I'll never forget the time I had the opportunity to attend one of Jay-Z's last performances and I chose to work a late shift instead. I never forgave myself for that.
Buy a ticket to everything you can. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can.
Live a vital life. If you live well, you will earn well. When you live well you walk a little different. It will show in the texture of your voice. People will see something magical in you that they can't explain. It will permeate not only your personal life but in your business life as well. It will give you spark in a way nothing else can.
Spirituality. This is the foundation of the family that builds the nation. It's not enough to just sit in the pews or sit meditating - make sure you practice, study, teach and live it. Our spiritual nature is what separates us from the beasts of the land.
Inner Circle. Believe in them and they will believe in you. Trust them and they will, in turn, trust you. Those closest to me know that I'm big on positive affirmations. So much so, that I would random call or text my inner circle to share something that has affected me in a positive way so that perhaps it would do the same for them. And it only took me 5 or 10 minutes to share.
If a father walks out of the house and he can still feel his daughter's kiss on his cheek, he's a powerful man. If he can still feel the imprint of his wife's embrace, he's invincible all day. It's the special stuff with your inner circle that makes you strong, powerful and influential. So don't miss that opportunity.
A prophet once said, "There are many virtues and values, but the greatest is one person caring for another." There is no greater value than love.
So make sure throughout your busy day to remember the true purpose and the reasons you do what you do. May you truly live the good life, the kind of life that will bring the fruit and rewards that you desire.