November 10th, 2013

How Grateful is Max?

By Ron Nakamoto

That's what's not articulated in the short, clever New York Times article below. Perhaps Max is closer to living a life of "True Wealth" than his parents are.  Max travels and interacts with many others through his music.  Perhaps that gives him a knack for relating to people from different backgrounds and different circumstances.   Perhaps Max's music is contributing to make the world better and help others become better.  But I wonder if Max has a deep appreciation of the simpler life that his father seems to partially envy.  I wonder if he's even aware of his "story" as it unfolds.

Recently, I attended a free blues concert where the headlining entertainer closed with a wildly popular exclamation "people, let's live to be happy!"  Absolutely, let's aspire to be happy.

The work we've done and the research we've studied (Martin Seligman, Viktor Frankl, and others) suggests that meaning and Contribution are elements of a fulfilling life that Millennials, because of their level of life experiences to date, have yet to fully grasp.  Can we lead through thought and actions to this next step beyond happiness?


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I Want to Be a Millennial When I Retire
For now my son Max writes songs, tours and does what he wants. He is not rich or secure, but why should he measure his life on the same scale as his parents’?

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