LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?

Fandango’s Provocative Question #159

So, Jefferson, among many others said: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Those are three official inalienable rights. Do we actually have these rights? I’m alive, so that’s one. I’m not a slave, though whether or not any of us are really free is a moot point. Call that one and a half. I’m pretty sure that constitutionally speaking, the “pursuit of happiness” was never guaranteed to us. Strongly suggested, but never guaranteed.

So adding it up? I think we’re solid at one and a half with a wish list replacing number three.

Fandango would like to know:

If there are only three things in life that truly matter, what do you think they are and why did you choose those three?

I can’t boil life down to any three things. I’m not sure I could boil it down to a hundred or a thousand things. Life doesn’t boil down easily — at least not after you’ve turned 75 or more.

Lacking those three big things, here are my three things. My “right now, in this time and place” three things. Are you ready? Here we go!

Marilyn’s Three Biggies:

  1. Have a pet. Dogs are great. Cats are cool. And birds can be pretty nifty too.
  2. Buy the best bed you can humanly afford with the best mattress you can manage. Make sure you have comfy pillows, good quality linens, and a great cover. Sleep well, my friends. Lots of problems disappear after a good night’s sleep.
  3. Retire while you’re young enough to enjoy it and never look back. Because life should be about sleeping late, laughing, and not spending your life in bumper to bumper traffic.

That’s it folks. I think I will have to save “deep” for later. Because right now? I’m off to my exceptionally comfortable bed with my new percale sheets. I’m going to curl up under my big, soft, warm feather and down comforter and listen to an audio book until I sleep, hopefully deeply and long.

Good night, one and all.



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11 replies

  1. Pets, bed and retire – good tips. Thank you 😊

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  2. Great read and share

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  3. Marilyn’s Three Biggies work for me!

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    • It is interesting how, in another time in my life, I probably would have been far more abstract and philosophical. Now? I can’t fix the world. The best I can do is try to make my own and my family’s life better. And that would be more than enough.

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  4. They should write pets, a good bed, and early retirement into the Constitution.

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  5. Those are a good three. Here, hear.

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  6. Thanks for sharing Marilyn these great tips. Good night.

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