“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.”
— Dr. Samuel Johnson
What do we think about the quote?
Is everything we do in life somehow tied to being happy at home?
Well- I guess that depends on what happy at home really means. And it needs to be what it means to you…as each person’s definition of happy is unique…
What makes your home a happy place?
Think about it for a minute: what do you need to be happy at home?
My must have list is something like this:
- An actual place to call home- walls, plumbing. electric, kitchen, bathroom, place to sit and place to sleep
- minimal fighting and arguing
- a feeling of safety
- a feeling of security
Do I get these things via ambition?
Well, having money is a definite need.
Does ambition get you money?
I’m not sure if this goes hand in hand. I know plenty of people with jobs who lack ambition. I also know some people with ambition but no money. So I’m not sure about this one.
Does ambition get me the other things on my list?
Does ambition bring safety and security and a family that gets along?
No. I don’t think so.
Perhaps my definition of ambition is lacking. When I think ambition I think of doing well in school, a profession, or a pursuit such as being an Olympic skater…I think of ambition as having a goal, seeing something that you want, and just reaching out to grab it.
Is that what ambition really is?
Maybe ambition is making sure that your family has the necessary things like food, water and shelter.
Maybe ambition is seeking to create a quality of life where your home is a harmonious place, most of the time.
But enough about what I think: What do you think?
- What is your interpretation of the quote?
- What does “happy at home” mean to you?
- What does ambition mean to you?