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In the classic children’s story, Willy Wonka, people all over the world desperately yearn to find a golden ticket. Some feel that their entire future happiness depends on whether or not a golden ticket falls into their hands. In their anxiousness, people began to forget the simple joy they used to find in a candy bar. The candy bar itself becomes an utter disappointment if it does not contain a golden ticket.

For some, the golden ticket may be a radical change in circumstances; for others the ticket could be freedom from financial stress or worry.  We each choose from thousands of possibilities.

It seems to me that so many people are waiting and hoping for their own golden ticket—the ticket they believe holds the key to the life they have always dreamed of. Real problems arise when we put our happiness on hold as we wait for some future event—our golden ticket—to appear.

The happiest people I know are still awake while searching for that ticket, and because they are alert while seeking, they experience wonderful opportunities along the way. They realize that while striving for the “what’s” they think will bring the greatest happiness, they don’t neglect the “why” they were traveling this path in the first place.

The “what” and “how” mark the way and keep us on the right path. The “why” directs our actions and transforms the mundane and frustrating into the majestic. Last year, my friend McRae Hilliard suggested that many of us are already living the life others are praying for.  McRae is right………..have a great week….Mark

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