If you leave aside the patter of tiny feet what we should be getting out of life is happiness. The Americans have got it right when they say in their constitution –
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’
But what does that mean to a kid?
It means you don’t have to break a kid with the non-stop drive to achieve academic success. It means what we should be aiming to get out of life is happiness not reaching the top of the pile.
I’m not saying be lazy. I’m saying check yourself, there’s more to life than a grade, there’s more to life than your salary and job description. If you’ve got no balance between that and your life you will make yourself ill.
I keep thinking of doctors. But there are plenty of careers where you execute your life in the pursuit of success. People say its a crime not to use your God-given abilities. Well…I don’t believe in God. There is no God. So a quest to please something that doesn’t exist seems a bit pointless doesn’t it? While a quest to put a smile on your face does have a point. Happy people make other happy people…they might even find the time to be nice to the world.
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