The secret to a happy life? Do more, own less

Let’s count off just a few of life’s minor miracles.

A couple of months ago I climbed inside a giant steel tube, which then left the ground and flew nearly one-fifth of the world’s circumference before dropping me off on top of a pile of volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Then I had dinner at a beautiful ocean-side restaurant with friends who had traveled even further than I had.

The next day, I watched the sun rise at the rim of a dormant volcano, some 10,000 feet above sea level. Then I climbed on a bicycle and rode down that same volcano. Three hours later, I was at the Maui shoreline.

Ten thousand feet to sea level in three hours. Miraculous.

Not everyone has the opportunity to do stuff like this. I get that. That’s why I’m taking advantage of it now. Opportunities like these may never come again.

Then again, I may never have the opportunity to do the stuff you’re doing today. Your miracles might run laps around mine. For your sake, I hope they do.

A disturbingly (and all-too) American bumper sticker once declared, “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

Whoever wrote that is an idiot.

A life well lived, I’m learning, is about experiences. It’s about the stuff you do, not the stuff you own.

Do stuff. Do a lot of it. Do it with people you love. Share that joy.

It’s a big world, full of big experiences, and you’ve got one short life to see it all.

Get busy.


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