“Personal happiness lives in the realization that life is not a checklist of personal acquisition or achievement; your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older that confuse the two.”
– J.K. Rowling
What an important statement to read over, again and again and again. Team Living and Giving, you really need to know who you are.
You are vibrant, strong, positive. Or perhaps you are kind, soft and caring. You are smart from school, street smart, or heart smart – in some way you are smart! You help your neighbor, run an errand for your mom, bake cookies for your kids, or pull up another seat at the dinner table for an unexpected guest. That’s being the best you.
We take J.K. Rowling’s beautiful reminder to be all who we are. To focus on our qualities, not just on our resume. That’s how we can be happy, and give the best happiness, to others.
Enjoy Your Life,
J.K. Rowling is a British author, most well-known for her fantasy series Harry Potter. She grew up in a village, Winterbourne, with her younger sister and parents. Her childhood was turbulent and she turned to writing fantasy stories to share with her sister as an escape. She attended the University of Exeter, where she received her B.A. in French and Classics. She was into pop music while growing up and she also studied abroad in France for a year while in college. In 1990, she began writing the Harry Potter series, but she soon moved to Portugal to teach English. In Portugal, she met her former husband and she had one child with him. After the divorce, she moved with her young child, Jessica, to Edinburgh, Scotland to be near her sister. Throughout her difficult times, she turned to writing the novel to positively channel her energy. She finished the first book of the series in 1995 and in 1997, the book was published. From there, Rowling would receive awards and grants that allowed her to continue writing the novels. The last four books of the series broke records as the fastest-selling books in history and the brand is estimated to be valued at $15 billion dollars. In 2001, she remarried to Neil Murray and the two have a son together. She started her own charity in 2000, called Volant Charitable Trust that aims to eradicate poverty and social inequality. She is also the president of the charity Gingerbread. She gives to a number of causes including research in multiple sclerosis.