The thing about the good life – which according to is “…life abounding in material comforts and luxuries.” – is that it’s definition is different to each and every one of us. To some, it may be materialistic, as in the more they have, the more complete their life is. To others, it may be the measure of who is in their life and how they make them feel. Again, the thing is – your perceived “good life” is more so about the atmosphere surrounding you rather than anything you could possibly have. Take this past weekend for example – this Sunday, I was at work, and I’ll admit it, I was feeling a little under the weather. I was feeling run down, and I was ready to go home. However, with about an hour left in my shift, our store received a call from a customer I interacted with earlier that day – commending my performance and thanking my manager for the experience they received in the store that day. And while that compliment did not increase my net worth, give me a promotion, or provide me with anything physical, it did change my worldview. 

The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.”

Worldview is a funny thing – recently, it’s become a part of the English curriculum in Saskatchewan, and I’m happy it did. Each person’s perspective of a situation differs based upon their past experiences and memories, and here’s why that’s a good thing: it gives every individual a unique approach to interpreting their future experiences.

But how did this experience affect my worldview?

You see – some one took time out of their day to go the extra mile for me – something that, in today’s media, you don’t see much of. We’re constantly trying to change in order to be a perfect person. Trying to change our looks to get the attention of that special someone; trying to show off our wealth to all who may be observing; trying to run for positions that we are most definitely not qualified for (looking at you DT). However, it is these experiences, these absolutely heart warming experiences keep us grounded.  They show us that maybe – just maybe – there’s more to life than trying to change.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I encourage you, just as this gentleman did with his experience with me, go out of your way to thank someone. Say “have a nice day” to that cashier that helped before they get a chance to – I promise you it will throw them off a little bit.

Also, my brother shared an amazing quote with me tonight (I’m not 100% sure on the author).

“Don’t worry about those that talk behind your back; they’re behind you for a reason.”

I think that’s going to be my new philosophy for those who have encountered bullying.

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