The Significance Project By: Justin walsh

HAPPINESS IS SEEN ON A BASEBALL FIELD, ON A HIKING TRAIL, ON THE RIVER, AND WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MORE SPECIFICALLY, HAPPINESS IS INITIATED WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL IS PARTICIPATING IN WHAT THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT. IT IS WHEN THEIR MIND IS ADEQUATELY FULFILLED AND THEY ARE CONTENT WITH WHATEVER IS THROWN AT THEM IN THAT SITUATION. TO ME, AT LEAST.

WHAT MY ENTIRE LIFE REVOLVES AROUND. BASEBALL GIVES ME AN OUTLET AND A FEELING NOTHING ELSE ON EARTH COULD.

SUCCESS IS OFTEN WELL MISCONSTRUED WITH FAME, POWER, MONEY, AND THE FLASHY MATERIALISTIC OBJECTS. HOWEVER, IN MY EYES, SUCCESS IS BEING SATISFIED WITH WHERE YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN YOUR LIFE. WHETHER IT IS SOMETHING AS SMALL AS ACING A MATH EXAM OR SOMETHING AS MAJOR AS STARTING A FAMILY AND BUYING A HOME. SUCCESS IS BEING CONTENT WITH WHATEVER STAGE ONE MAY BE IN IN THEIR LIFE. ON THE CONTRARY, SUFFERING PLAYS A ROLE THAT IS JUST AS PRESENT IF NOT MORE THAN HAPPINESS. PERSONALLY, I FEEL AS IF ONE MUST SUFFER TO FIND HAPPINESS. WE ENDURE SUFFERING EVERY DAY WE INHABIT THIS EARTH. GOING THROUGH YEARS OF EDUCATION IN PROMISE OF A SOLID CAREER AND STEADY INCOME IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF SUFFERING. NOTHING IS HANDED TO US ON THIS EARTH AND I HAVE COME TO APPRECIATE THE SUFFERING (GRIND) IN OUR LIVES.

PERFORMING WELL IN FRONT OF THE TWO GIRLS I LOVE THE MOST MAKES ME FEEL SUCCESSFUL BEYOND BELIEF.
ONEONTA GORGE TRAIL IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE. THE SUFFERING AND PATIENCE I ENDURED ON THIS HIKE MADE THIS VIEW PICTURED ABOVE SO MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL.
HARD LABOR (SUFFERING) AT MY GROUNDS CREW JOB TO GET THE BULLPEN MOUNDS READY FOR LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM BASEBALL

“I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him that gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13

WE OFTEN FORGET IN OUR LUXURIOUS LIVES THAT THERE ARE HUMANS WHO SUFFER POVERTY, SICKNESS, AND AN OVERALL LACK OF COMMODITIES, YET THEY STILL MANAGE TO SMILE AND MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THEIR SITUATION.

LIFE IS MEANINGFUL IN THE SENSE THAT THERE IS SO MUCH TO OFFER A SINGLE LIFE ON THIS PLANET. WHETHER IT IS TRAVELING AND SEEING THE WORLD, BRINGING A NEW LIFE INTO YOUR FAMILY AND WORLD, OR PILING UP EXPERIENCES AND MEMORIES. LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT AND TO WASTE A SINGLE DAY IS A SHAME, PERSONALLY.

ME AND MY NEPHEW, JAMES. THANKSGIVING 2015

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY MUCH MORE TO LIFE THAN SIMPLY SUCCESS OR MATERIAL RICHES. HOLDING ON TO THINGS AND THOSE VALUABLE TO YOU AND APPRECIATING THEIR BEAUTY IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN SOME CAR OR JEWELRY OBJECT. RELATIONSHIPS, BONDS, AND EXPERIENCES ARE WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE THAT SOMETHING THAT NO PRICE COULD EVER BUY ME.

ENGAGEMENT PARTY, 2016. WITH MY GIRLFRIEND, DENNICE. THAT "SOMETHING" IN MY LIFE.

THIS LINK LISTED ABOVE WILL TAKE YOU TO ONE OF THE MOST IMPACTING FILMS I HAVE EVER WATCHED AND HAS INSTILLED A CODE IN MY LIFE TO ALWAYS SEEK WHAT MY HEART DESIRES. THE FILM, INTO THE WILD, IS ABOUT AN IVY LEAGUE GRAD WHO IS BORN INTO A WEALTHY FAMILY AND WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SNOBBY, ARROGANT, AND MATERIALISTIC LIFESTYLE. BUT RATHER, TO GET COMPLETELY OFF THE GRID AND TO LIVE OFF OF THE EARTH AS HE BELIEVES IN HIS HEART THAT THAT IS WHERE HE WILL FIND HIS INTERNAL HAPPINESS. THIS TIES IN DIRECTLY WITH MY VIEWS AS IT IRKS ME AND THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THE FILM TO SEE A SINGLE DAY WASTED IN THIS LIFE OF MEANING AND OPPORTUNITY.

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO GET INVOLVED AND INDULGE IN WHAT THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE HAS TO OFFER!

JUSTIN WALSH

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Created with images by Jeff Hollett in Vancouver, WA - "Oneonta Gorge Falls in Oregon" • John Yavuz Can - "MALAWI, AFRICA"

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