The great Greek philosopher Aristotle developed the idea of the Good Life, which he called eudaimonia from the roots “eu” for good and “daimon” for spirit. It can be translated as flourishing, living well, and doing well.
Six continents in ten months! For much of 2014 and 2015, I shared a family sabbatical with my wife, son, and daughter. I learned that I am at home while traveling. In this blog, I describe our experiences and lessons we have learned. You will see my reflections here and my daughter’s reflections at RachelSeesTheWorld.wordpress.com.
After returning from our round-the-world travel, life happened! My attention was focused on generating income and supporting an active family at school events, sports games, and community activities. My posts slowed — actually stopped — but my thoughts about what makes a good life continued.
In various jobs, I have encouraged people to find the good life. As a professor at seminaries and colleges — currently as a professor of philosophy at Northwest Florida State College — I have encouraged students to reflect on important issues in their lives. I also have served as pastor of congregations where I sought to foster communities in which people lived their lives with deep meaning, fullness, and joy. You can find reflections from my time as a pastor in older posts.
I have a Ph.D. degree in ethics, and in this blog, I reflect on what makes a good life, a life worth living in which people flourish. I am glad you are here, and I invite your responses!