Wise Words From An Unexpected Source
Temporarily living as I am at the moment in tropical Florida, USA (where the weather is like Cairns), air-conditioning isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity!
Recently we looked into getting our ceiling air-conditioning ducts cleaned, but as it turned out, it was much cheaper to replace them than clean them (welcome to the U S of A!). So be it.
Well, that happened today. A friendly Mexican duo turned up to do the work and proceeded to rip out the old duct and put in the new duct. Hot and dusty work for which they were probably paid not much more than minimum wage (which in Florida is $8.10 per hour. In Australia it is $17.70 per hour).
Once finished and while processing my payment, Hector – the head honcho – and I were talking about where we came from, and when he found out I was an Australian, he asked if it really was full of deadly spiders and snakes.
“Absolutely!”, I replied. “It adds to the adventure of living there.”
As we talked I shared that we were planning on returning home to Australia soon, which was a pity as we had enjoyed our time living here. He talked about a friend who had moved out to Australia for work and was sending him interesting photos of life Down Under.
As we parted ways, I said it was nice to meet him and I look forward to seeing him ‘next time’.
With a smile he said ‘there won’t be a next time, will there? You are moving back to Australia.”
“Probably not”, I said. “But it was nice to meet you nonetheless.”
“Well, live a good life”, he concluded as he walked back to his truck.
I’ve been chewing over those words: live a good life. Very simple. Very true. A lovely blessing on which to part. Or was it a challenge to aspire to?
Here was a man who was probably earning very little, but could still share a profound insight delivered with a sincerity and genuineness that is not particularly common here in the US. Truly, inspiration comes from all manner of unsuspecting sources!
What does “live a good life” mean to you? If you’ve got a moment, share what’s on the top of your list (or read what others have written) by leaving a comment below.
Here’s to you and your success. May you live a good life.