• The New Good Life

    Posted on March 5, 2012 by Elaine in Books, Thoughts and Musings.

    Taking some time out to get a little philosophical here on a Monday to give your work week some new perspective.

    What does the good life look like to you? How do you define happiness? Ask yourself, are you happy? Is there anything that would make you happier in your life right now? I would make a bet that whatever you thought, it involved more of something.

    Sure, we need food, shelter, and money. But for this scenario, let’s assume that you have all the basic necessities. Do you really need MORE of whatever you were thinking? What if I were to tell you that you don’t need MORE of anything external and that to be truly happy, you can harness that happiness from within yourself?

    We live in a society that has become one of immediate gratification – an American society spoiled rotten by the honest work of generations before us. Fast cars, fast friends, casual dalliances, material items that distract us from really connecting and caring for people on a deeper level. Add on social media noise and then wrap that all together with a white Chanel bow and stamp it with a big fat dollar sign. That’s our world today.

    This is more than just a nutrition/food blog. This is a blog about ways in which you can bring out the best YOU. And the best you means a YOU that is not only fit, energetic, healthy, and happy but also a YOU that is living from your most honest self.

    A book I read recently that got me thinking is called “The New Good Life” by John Robbins. This author was heir to the Baskin Robbins fortune. His father was cofounder of the ice cream behemoth. But John decided as a young child that he didn’t want any part of his father’s hard-earned money and gave up his name to billions of dollars. He wanted to make his own way and life live simply. He moved to an island, lived in a modest home, and planted and grew his own fruits and vegetables – quite different from his father’s palatial mansion with an ice cream cone-shaped pool and live-in chefs.

    Stupid you might think he was for giving up all that money. I actually found him refreshing and courageous. Robbins lived by choice and not by fear, like many of us do.

    Robbins book talks about the old good life – a life of expensive cars, clothes, and homes – and contrasts it to the life post-2008, post-Enron, post-Lehman Brothers, post-housing crisis. Those incidences were in essence, an awakening for many of us to see that the only thing that we can control is that which is already within – your thoughts, your God-given talents, and your own happiness.

    Line up your money values with your soul – your deepest dreams and highest aspirations. What are you REALLY good at? What would you REALLY love to do to spend your day instead of toiling away at your cubicle? Do you really like the people you come across in your line of work? Will buying those Christian Louboutin shoes from Barney’s REALLY make you happier? Are the so-called friends you hang out with really your friends? Do they help to cultivate and bring out the best you and really care about YOU? Is the person that you are dating someone that truly brings out the BEST you or are you with them out of fear and convenience?

    Learn to live a life by choice rather than by fear.

    And this, my friends, is something that is very difficult to achieve.

    “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue things that you love doing and do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you,” Maya Angelou. And along the same line of thought, when you do something so well that comes from deep within your soul, the money will follow.

    So take a long hard look in the mirror today and take a moment to relax and wipe out all of today’s noise from your mind. Really look at the soul who is staring back at you and ask yourself is where you are today a life lived by choice or by fear? Is where you are today a life lived from being your most honest self?

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