I saw a billboard recently with a caption that said The Good Life scrawled beneath an image of a couple sitting in lounge chairs on the beach next to a turquoise water. The good life.
I have been in just such an environment more than once and it was, indeed, a slice of the good life.
But if that is a picture of what the truly good life looks like what do I call my life the rest of the time? The Not-So-Good Life? The Less-Than-Perfect Life? What an insult to the Creator who has blessed me with this life.
So when I consider my own image of the good life it looks somewhat different from that billboard image.
And so on.
The point is, it is the combination of all of these things that make up the day-to-day experiences of my life. While I sometimes (often, in fact) look ahead to my retirement years when I will have time to do those things I struggle to find time for today I must not lose sight of the fact that the good life is right in front of me. Today.
To lose sight of that would be short-sited and ungrateful and would cause me to miss the good life presented to me every day.
So I try to challenge myself to remember that every day I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be doing, and I have been blessed abundantly no matter what the circumstance looks like. I am already living the good life.
What does the good life look like for you?