My goal in life is
not to be happy but to be useful, to be needed. Because to be useful and needed makes me happy. Happy
moments come and go as life comes and goes. When my life is over my happy
moments will end but my usefulness can live on.
In the lessons I
have taught my child, in the knowledge and experience I pass on to others, in
the memories and reputation I leave with those who survive me.
This is not to say
that I do not want to be happy but that my focus is not on immediate happiness
itself. For immediacy and happiness both end.
My usefulness can
also make those around me happy and this adds to my legacy which will survive
How are you going to
remembered by those who survive you?
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” - Albert Pike
This past week of “lock down” I have pretty much cut myself
off from the news. I wasn’t super strict with it, I just shut off the TV and steered
away from sites online. While some relevant news may have slipped through
unintentionally, I just move on.
If you haven’t noticed, the sensationalism of today’s mainstream
media tends to focus on stories that are geared to make us fearful or emotional.
And yet for every negative news story out there, there are a hundred more things
happening around us that aren’t necessarily getting coverage.
In our technologically connected world it is not so easy to
just block out the “news” so how should we consume it without being overwhelmed
First, we need to realize that we live in an eternal 24-hour
news cycle, which is now more often than not, the same stories are repeated on
CNN/Fox, websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Everywhere we go, media
follows us and according to some research, this may even be damaging our mental