last updated 3 November 2020

I was blessed with my first Grandchild and was composing a prayer for his future.
The first thing that poped into my head was a meaningful, fruitful life. I don't know where that came from. It may have been a description of a person who I had admired. I has assumed happy & healthy, but got to thinking I should include that.

My list keeps growing and I need to shorten it by finding terms that embrace several on my list.

long, happy, healthy, full, meaningful, fruitful life, successful, respected, good character, morals, and values; ...


Respect: honesty, moral character,
Happiness vs Joy
Joy: We experience joy when we achieve selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice.
Money - Wealth:
In our capatilistic society many people equate success with money.
Happiness and Success:
I recall a study that showed in business people who have reached the highest level are not as happy as people who have not.
One of the people I admired most was Thomas Jefferson, but he died in debt.

Most people would say that Joe Biden had a meaningful life just by driving Trump out of office, but he failed in 2 presidential runa and had a lot of personal tragedies.
Thomas Edison had a long string of failures in trying to create the light bulb.
There are many articles and probably books on failure and respect.
Dwight Eisenhower received a lot of credit for winning WWII, but I recall that he was tormented with the loss of life on D-day.
No pain No gain.
grit and perseverance


Native American values: Love, tolerance, reciprocity, humility, trust, harmony, sensitivity. reverence, respect, and humility in our relationship with nature. The new National Museum of the American Indian's Anishanabe exhibit on the Mall in Washington, D.C. notes the teachings of their Seven Grandfathers include, along with wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty and truth, the teaching of "dbaadendizin—humility
20 Good Character Traits That Will Help Your Kids Grow Up to Be Happy, Successful and Loved By All - A Fine Parent
Humility, Contentment, Dependability, Grit, determination and diligence, Patience, Honesty, Courage, Compassion, Adaptability, Self Discipline and Impulse control, Kindness to self and others, A sense of curiosity and wonder, Optimism and positivity, Gratitude, Proactive, Endurance, Serenity, Respect, Leading and following.
Links:
Defining the Successful Child - FamilyEducation
Loss and Renewal | Hidden Brain : NPR
Abraham Lincoln and Failure
Humility vs. Self Esteem: What Do Indian Students Need?