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Article -> The Key to Life

Date Added: March 2019

Everyone is always searching for the key to life. The movie City Slickers stated it is one thing we each need to figure out. John Lennon may have the answer.

Lennon said, When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I did not understand the assignment, and I told them they did not understand life.

Happiness is a great word for your one thing. Or, it may be joy, love, hope or peace. For some, it may be family; although one can presume if you have happiness, love, etc.; your family would be part of this. Family without happiness does not make much sense.

For some it may be faith because they may say everything such as happiness, joy, love, and hope emanate from faith. Sadly, some may say money or financial success; however, we all know many people who have this and do not have happiness, joy, hope, etc.

What makes you happy? What gives you joy? These are easy questions with difficult answers. How often do we truly take the time to reflect and discern responses to these?

I see a 28-year-old young man who is an attorney. He works hard and makes six figures. He is intelligent, good looking and has a bright future. He seems to focus greatly on money, wealth and having materials items to raise a family. He wants to provide for his family; yet, he may not yet understand the family may not be happy if their father is never home due to working long hours.

I see a 32-year-old young man who wanders from job to job. Never making much money; although enough to get by, pay for his condo, and live his life. He is always smiling and happy. Has he found the one thing and his key to life?

About seven years ago I remember being part of a leadership group with high school students. The facilitator asked the students what they want their life to look like in 10 years. I heard engineer, parent, doctor, and business owner. And then the 16-year-old sophomore next to me said, happy.

She said she is a 4.0 student and was going to graduate in three years. Her parents were already planning her college years to be a physician, even though she was not certain this is what she wanted. She discussed sitting with her grandmother months earlier as she died and cried telling this story because she missed grandma so much.

The sophomore was wise beyond her years and realized spending time with others was more important than whatever job she had in the future. I often wonder if she has found happiness.

I have the pleasure of working with several people whose main strength is positivity and whose gift is to bring joy and happiness to others. I am fortunate and contemplate if these individuals truly know how special they are.

Take time to determine your key to life, your one thing. If and when you discover it, hold it closely to you and never forget it. And try to spread it to others because they may be seeking their key to life and you can help. Good luck!

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at
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