Because all the good things in life — iPhone, Uber, Netflix, Amazon — pale in comparison with all the great things in life — raising a child, happily reaching a 50th wedding anniversary, building a business, starting a non-profit. — David Marquard

This quote hit me hard while reading Dave’s post today. He speaks at length about how Millennials have “good” lives but because we have it so easy and so good we never strive or achieve anything great. But don’t we all want to have the great things? I know I do.

I know what it’s like to party with strangers in foreign lands while watching the sun rise and set over pristine waters. I know what it’s like to hit a game winning shot in basketball. I know what it’s like to buy a house and a new truck. But I don’t know what it’s like to have built a successful business. I don’t know what it’s like to be laying in bed next to someone I’ve spent my life with. I don’t know what it’s like to have made a significant difference in our world.

The good things I have, and the good memories I have made mean a lot to me. They have shaped my character and put me on this path that I currently enjoy. But I can’t comprehend the joy of meeting those greater benchmarks. I want to know that joy. I want to keep experiencing the good, while working for the great. I think it begins with recognizing these are things I want, and then it is accomplished by taking steps towards those goals. Nothing is achieved all at once, so my first step is to write down some concrete goals that I deem “great” life experiences. I’m going to set aside some time this week to contemplate and then do just that.

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