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In Search of...Happiness.

Your "Why" is Not Half as Important as Your "Who".

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo da Vinci

There are two things you can count on in life - birth and death. Yet, for most of our lives we search for answers that quite honestly just don't matter. "Why", you ask? Because life, in general, is simple. It's us who make it complex. Don't believe me? Are you working at your "dream" job? Married to your "dream" girl/guy? Living in your "dream" house? Why not? What's stopping you from being where you want to be? You. Nobody else...just you. Yet, right now you're thinking of the "reasons" you aren't "happy". What defines your "happy"? Is it money, a nice car, a big house, a beautiful, sexy wife or just plain, simple peace? How satisfied are you with where and who you are? Most people will answer that question much slower now, than in the beginning of this story.

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Are you part of "social media"? Why? Because your friends and family are? To keep up with the world? To further your business? How much daily/weekly/monthly time do you spend online chatting with "friends" and family? How much time have you lost online? What do you value this loss at knowing that you can never get it back? If you could get it back, how would you reuse it? This is the important question you should be asking yourself because the time we spend doing the important things is lost with the time we spend doing unproductive, unprofitable and meaningless tasks.. A little harsh? Let's review. What's more important, dinner with your brother or surfing Facebook? Reading your social feeds or grabbing a game with your Dad? How about catching with a high school friend or...I could go on, but I think you get the jist.

Secondly, what exactly are "Facebook friends"? How do they compare to your "real" friends. Again, how many "friends" do you have on social media? Now, how many of those friends do you know personally (i.e. B-Days, favorite food, book) and how many of them do you talk to on a monthly basis? A regular basis? Grab dinner with? Hit a movie with? Go on vacation with? I firmly believe people you meet online can be true friends, but what have you done to nurture those friendships? Just asking. Again, what's important to you? It's a simple question, but most will complicate it. My point? How do you create happiness? Relationships. How strong are yours?

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