I wonder what…
I often wonder what makes Elon Musk or Bill Gates happy. One of my favourite movies is Pretty Woman. It may not be for the obvious reasons of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts’s chemistry on screen. It is not only because of the great soundtrack.
It is the lesson in the movie that Julia Roberts’s character teaches Richard Gere. Edward and Vivian are from very different backgrounds and yet a prostitute teaches a businessman to loosen up and relax. There is a scene in the park where Vivian removes Edward’s shoes and socks. He feels the grass with his toes and in a way becomes grounded. His busy life is attributed to his hate towards his father. His vengeance is to prove himself to his dad who had passed away.
Sure there are times you step up and show the world what you are made of. There are times we go above and beyond what is needed. It could be as simple as helping a baby bird that fell from its nest to helping an elderly woman across the road.
I have done both and damn it felt good. My son and I helped an old lady across Yonge street in Toronto one day. It was a scene out of a movie. The old lady stepped off the curb about three times and stepped back because the cars kept on coming. We helped her across the road… No, we didn’t record ourselves doing it. No, we didn’t make a big deal out of it. It felt good to do good.
It feels good to give.
This is often said but rarely done. For me, even cleaning my closet and giving away the clothes to drop-off locations and thrift stores feel great.
Much like in Pretty Woman Edward learns that there is more to life than the hustle of 9-5 or in his case it was 6am to 11pm. Learn to enjoy the squirrels in the park.
People watch and learn about others. Learn to see the joy on the face of an old couple as they take their stroll in the park. Watch kids as they play and chase each other. Watch the dogs sniff each other’s bums and laugh at the puppies as they roll and stumble.
Watch as the babies peek out of their strollers and wonder about the white clouds, the blue skies or the snowflakes.
To get back to what makes the rich happy? I cannot speak for those people, but…
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