Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pursuit of Happiness

     I wanted to comment today on something that has affected me for 20 years since being exposed to the event. In 1998 I moved to the Carolinas with virtually the only few dollars I saved, and no planned employment. However, a local department store saw it prudent to grant me a store credit card. The first thing I bought was a tie for my new sales job. As I looked for the tie one popped out that immediately meant something to me regardless of color. It was a Jimmy V Foundation tie, and due to his touching speech at the ESPY Awards in 1993, I immediately bought it, and to this day I wear the tie. (16 years later for the arithmetically challenged). The message of Jimmy Valvano’s foundation is “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” It has personified what I hope has defined my trips through adversity, and will define how I live however long I have left on this Earth.
     I have seen a lot of friends and mentors dedicate an exorbitant amount of their time and life going after a goal they feel will make them the person they were meant to be, and what will help make them live a happy and fulfilling life.

It allows me the forum to ask you and myself:

• What in your life do you feel you want to accomplish?
• What in your life do you feel, if you could be involved in, would bring you worth, satisfaction, and help you continue your pursuit of happiness?
• Can you reflect on the things on which you gave up, the reasons you stopped pursuing them, and contemplate either; why it is justified, or how could you have accomplished them?
• Do you blame others for your failures or do you take the accountability that you demand of your leaders and counterparts?