Now This Is the Good Life!

The good life is a process, not a state of being.

Carl Rogers

What is the good life?

Is it cars, houses, and designer clothes?

Is it river cruises on the Nile?

Is it a country club membership?

Is it vacations on a private island in the Caribbean?

However you imagine the good life, I hope you are living it now.

It is not a destination you strive for.

It is a journey with several twists and turns.

If you are not living your version of the good life now, it is unlikely you ever will.

If your idea of the good life is based on your net worth, just before you reach your goal you will realize that you set the bar too low.

And you will set a new more ambitious goal.

So, the good life remains just out of reach.

No matter what your goal, the process plays out the same: What seemed to be the key to satisfaction and happiness no longer seems to be enough.

Chasing the good life is like trying to reach the end of the rainbow.

You must let it come to you.

The good life is not about what you have or what you’ve done or who you know.

The good life is about how you live.

It is about enjoying today.

It is about enjoying your companions on the journey.

It is about enjoying the small pleasures that are easily missed.

You can’t experience the good life if you worry about things you cannot control.

You can’t experience the good life if you have a crowded mind or a crowded schedule.

You can’t experience the good life if you are obsessed with what other people think.

If you would like to live the good life, you might try some of these suggestions:

· Practice gratitude: Many have found that keeping a gratitude journal helps them to be more aware of positive situations.

· Make time for family and friends: This rarely happens unless you put it on your schedule.

· Volunteer: Giving back to your community feels good and helps you recognize how fortunate you are.

· Take care of your body: It is hard to enjoy the good life if you are not feeling well.

· Create space for solitude: Meditation, prayer, and self-reflection all are important tools for living intentionally.

· Keep learning: Just as your body needs exercise, your brain gets stronger the more you use it.

Today will not be perfect, but it will have many opportunities to practice living the good life. Enjoy the journey.

— Rod Pickett

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Rod Pickett is a writer, pastor, teacher, photographer, real estate broker, certified personal trainer, consultant, woodworker, and life-long learner.

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Rod Pickett

Rod Pickett is a writer, pastor, teacher, photographer, real estate broker, certified personal trainer, consultant, woodworker, and life-long learner.