"The Walk" continues ... East Coast to West Coast
Because You Get What You Measure...
While our attention, as a nation, is largely focused on increasing GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and other economic measures, the following is true and, in our opinion, does not reflect a society that is on a genuine pursuit of happiness.
Our walk and our conversations have taught us SO many things, including:
1. Our relationships and caring for one another matter most*
2. Talking about happiness makes us happiness
Everyone wants happiness. Happiness is a universal desire. Happiness is our common interest. Happiness strengthens households, workplaces, communities and society. Happiness even saves money. The purpose of our public systems and institutions is to serve that pursuit or practice of happiness.
Our dream to walk across the nation, from coast-to-coast, to talk about this important topic will become a reality beginning July 2014 as we engage on a 2-3 year series of walks. Watch for us; we may be in your neighborhood!
*also heard: family, making others happy, service, our pets, nature, freedom, education, health, faith, music, opportunity, and more. The data is being analyzed and, as we walk, added to...accumulating toward a collection of stories that reflects more and more the American spirit and finds our commonality, with the power to significantly shift decision-making at all levels.
We can rediscover what matters to us.
We can rediscover our right to a
genuine pursuit of happiness.
Let's measure what really matters...
the vitality of our communities, our physical and mental health,
our education, our relationship with the environment, our work and family-lives, our spirituality and culture, honest and transparent governance, how we use our time and the security that comes
from a comfortable standard of living.
We walk because the policies and practices of our systems and institutions, and especially of our government, must
support and uphold, not undermine or detract from,
our basic right to the pursuit of happiness, and the right of future generations to that pursuit, as well.