Shortly after our food arrived, Ray’s two sons stopped by our table to join us. One was having a basketball game later that afternoon and was meeting with his Dad at the restaurant so Ray could drive him to the game afterward. I looked at the athletic frame of his eldest son, “Basketball? You aren’t training your boys to be boxers like you?”
“No, I don’t feel there’s a need.” Ray explained how tough it was physically and mentally to be a boxer, and he said that he did not want to force his children to go through that.
He said that he would love to train them if they wanted, but he said he would rather them get a good education and take advantage of having the opportunities of living in Santa Monica. Ray seemed to apply that the Good Life is not about becoming a “champion” or famous; he values things such as family, good meals with friends, having a good education, being able to explore your passions, and enjoying life in moderation.
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