I’ve become an expert on the “Good Life,” but even I’ve lost vision of living an ideal life while writing this book. Within the two-year process of writing this book, I’ve hurt others by making selfish interests a priority. I’ve put my job before my relationships with family and friends which has resulted in things like forgetting to return calls to my own mother. I’ve become so stressed from planning travel and attending parties that I’ve made rash decisions that prevented me and others from experiencing the true joys of life. Even though I was studying at one of the world’s best schools and working for a company that has been considered the #1 place to work, I’ve repeatedly asked myself, “Is this what I should be doing with my life?”
What is this Book is About?
I wrote a book on this subject because I knew you would have similar disappoints and questions about life. A major goal of this book is to provide you with wisdom and inspiration to experience the Good Life in greater levels each day. I recognize that this book is not a comprehensive guide that tells you an exact formula to gain the Good Life. But, I’m confident that it provides us with enough examples to spark hope that we can find the Good Life regardless of your current situation.
A Change in Plan
One of the main ideas from this book that is worth repeating is that life is tough. Yet, there is nothing sweeter than overcoming pain and hardship to enjoy how beautiful life can be.
After studying at a divinity school and having many “spiritual” experiences, my views on God have expanded over the course of this project. I do not have sufficient space to expand on these views in this book, but one of the major ideas that I’ve learned is that God is working to make all things good. This idea is one of other major goals for this project. We will experience life’s pains and hardships, but we should constantly strive to make all things good in our lives and in the communities in which we live.
A Life Happily Ever After
I originally wrote this concluding chapter by writing a summary of all the advice from each individual chapter. You can still read that chapter at: www.TheGoodLifeCrisis.com/AlternateEnding.
May your life be filled with beauty, love, and truth, and a community of others who will want to share the joys of these things! I hope this blog, book, and my every day actions will help you achieve the life you have always wanted.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
– Teddy Roosevelt
For I must tell you that we artists cannot tread the path of Beauty without Eros keeping company with us and appointing himself as our guide.
— Thomas Mann
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched … but are felt in the heart.
— Helen Keller
For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
The Good Life is about experiencing beauty, love and truth, and sharing the joys of these three things with others and God.
— Nick Shelton, after years for searching for the Good Life
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