Friday, April 21, 2017
How to Construct a Contented Life
Many people construct their lives like New York skyscrapers. Each essential part of life is a separate building project. Let me explain. While their financial lives may soar to lofty heights (think Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton), their marital, physical, and spiritual health may remain an undeveloped wasteland or a demolition site (think Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton).
Basically, I've given up erecting New York skyscrapers (and casinos and whorehouses) to specialize in duplicating the ancient Maya pyramid. Here's the blueprint for aspiring builders. The pyramid has four levels. Starting from the foundation level, they are faith, family, fitness, and finance. The object is not to build a tower with as many floors as possible. The object is to make these four levels as unmovable, unshakable and uncrackable as possible.
I've never met a person who had reasonably solid faith, family, fitness, and finance who was desperate and miserable, even without a car or a TV or a cell phone. "But I don't have faith in a god!" Yes, you do. The question is whether your god (be it materialism, veganism, Kim Kardashian or Justin Bieber) is worthy of being that foundational pyramid stone. "But I don't have true love and my unstable miserable machismo and feminist friends say I don't need a partner!" Go back and read paragraph one or go back and commiserate with them.
If you're currently following (or soon will follow) that master's master plan, you share (or soon will share) my bliss, and you'll easily get over my annoying smugness. To your happiness! Now, I must go share the love from far above, from just behind a hot woman half my age and twice my chest measurement. God give me strength as I dutifully tread the weary path laid out before me.