What is the Measure of a good life?

Question: What is the measure of a good life?

Julia Bolz:    Gosh.  I wish I knew the answer to that.  I think that it is living your life in a way that you’re able to be a good servant.  And to be able to help people in a way that not only brings them joy, but brings you joy as well.  Because what happens is that when you’re on the right journey and you’re “in the groove” per se, I think that light within us really shines.  And it not only shines within us, but it shines all around us as well.

July 4, 2007

To be a good servant.

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