Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Good Life

Zurich



Milan


Stresa, Italy
 

My favorite song of the summer is One Republic's "Good Life".  It makes me smile and dance in my car.   This summer, I have traveled well, relaxed well, worked hard, and tried not to complain about the little things.  The time has flown by.  So in a small way, I can relate to the feeling in the song of traveling and being busy and enjoying life -


To my friends in New York, I say hello
My friends in LA they don't know
Where I've been for the past few years or so
Paris to China to Colorado...

I say I got this feeling that you can't fight
Like this city is on fire tonight
This could really be a good life, a good, good life...


I started to think about the singer's "good life" of huge success and exciting travel.  It looks good in movies, but is it that really the "good life"?  I think it can be for a while, but not many people can sustain that kind of life for a long period of time.  Our trip to Europe at the beginning of the summer was awesome, but it wore me out and made me appreciate the slower, simpler things in life.  

What is the "good life" that I really want?  I came upon the Jewish word "shalom".   Not quite as upbeat as a party song, but maybe fuller than a party.  "Shalom" is often translated as "peace", but I found that it can also mean

safety
well-being
happiness
prosperity
rest
wholeness
completeness


I like the idea of completeness.  It is kind of like the idea of "soul balance" - having everything you deeply need in all of the right amounts.  Living deeply, fully, completely.  Shalom.


"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - Jesus