I’ve been watching Jonathan Fields’s “Good Life Project” video series. If you haven’t, it consists of weekly videos in which Jonathan interviews people about their (creative, meaningful, fascinating) lives, and the videos are just part of a much larger vision. In his words:
The Good Life Project™ is a movement. A set of shared values. A community. A creed, bundled with a voracious commitment to move beyond words and act. First, as a manifestation of your soul. And then as a quest to have the adventure of a lifetime, and to leave the world around you changed.
I couldn’t possibly love that description more. And I’m so enjoying the interview series that, as part of my 30 days, 30 acts of (expansive, unabashed, downright mushy) gratitude, I sent Jonathan Fields an email to thank him for the good stuff he’s putting out into the world.
But this post isn’t really about Jonathan Fields or his series (though you should watch it). This post is about the question he asks each interviewee at the end of their time together: What does “a good life” mean to you?
I’m always fascinated by the answers he gets, how simple and unadorned they are, how full they are of just plain ordinary beautiful.
I’ve been thinking about the question a lot lately.
As I launch a new business and explore new territory professionally and personally, I think it might be the most important question I can ask myself: What does “a good life” mean to me? I’m working out my answer. I know it involves my being rooted in love, connected to people who know my heart and fill my soul, and also part of a larger actively creative community. For me, a good life includes time for writing and doodling and reading and hiking, and it means doing work that matters, work that leaves my little piece of the world better than when I found it.
I’m still working on what else it includes, but I’m enormously curious to hear your answers to the question, because I know your answers will make me think. They ALWAYS do.
So please take a second to share…
What does “a good life” mean to you?