"The glory of God is man fully alive."
Many years ago, my wife gave me a mug on which she had painted the words, "The glory of God is man fully alive." Now, I don't drink coffee, and I certainly don't collect coffee mugs, but this gift showed how well she knew me even back then. My idea of fulfillment is being fully alive, experiencing the world in all of its glory, especially through nature and art, and realizing my particular calling to serve my fellow human beings.
If I collect anything, it is experience: wading in a mountain stream, driving my Jeep (top down, of course) under a clear blue sky, or exulting in the riches of books, music, painting, sculpture, architecture, and gardens. If I can combine this experience with some physical exertion--say, hiking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, or swimming in Walden Pond--all the better. I was made to move.
I was also made to serve. In my career, I have the opportunity to pursue my calling as a leader, educator, and writer. Off the clock, I strive to support my family and community as a husband, father, board member and builder for Habitat for Humanity, and donor to numerous causes, including Food for the Poor, Heifer International, and __________. Thanks to the many blessings I have enjoyed--particularly my always-supportive parents and wonderful wife and children--I lived a tremendously fulfilling life, filled with experience, service, and love. By empowering my fellow human beings through education and support, I hope to help others find the same fulfillment. We can be better together.