Your Money Really Matters: What is ‘The Good Life’?

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In the early 1960s, crooner Tony Bennett popularized a song called The Good Life. It is a very harmonious ballad, but after researching the lyrics, I did not get any help in defining the good life.

In the early 1960s, crooner Tony Bennett popularized a song called "The Good Life." It is a very harmonious ballad, but after researching the lyrics, I did not get any help in defining the good life.

What is the good life? Is it wealth, fame or fortune? Unfortunately, if you have watched the recent news, it seems a number of the “rich and famous” end up in reputably tragic situations–Michael Jackson, Steve McNair, Bernie Madoff, etc.

Perhaps the good life can be better described by our spirit, our relationships and our general well-being. Below are my thoughts on the good life, but I would be interested in hearing from you and getting your thoughts.

Faith and hope

Faith, hope, heart, soul and courage are all words to describe having a resolute spirit. Having the conviction and belief that you can find a way, when there is no way. It means having the ability to confront seemingly overwhelming circumstances.

When your world has been shaken by traumatic events such as the loss of a loved or a serious illness, sometimes the only thing you have to stand on is your faith.

Faith and hope is the invisible magic that moves people, to think, to act and ultimately to survive.

Faith and hope are not a given and have to be nourished and fed regularly. How do you nourish your faith and hope on a regular basis?

Family and relationships

Our family and relationships define who we are. A few years ago, I attended a funeral that had more than a thousand people in attendance.

The deceased was not a celebrity or public official; however he had touched the lives of many through several community roles that he had performed.

The program was fairly normal, with the exception of tributes by several of his nieces, nephews and close friends.

All expressed their gratitude for his positive attitude, his ability to share and the care that he expressed for them as individuals. Conspicuously absent from the funeral were his manager, banker and broker.

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