In the Words of Chesapeake

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

July 13, 2018

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It began with a bold idea.  Our forefathers believed that we should all have the freedom to pursue a life of happiness, independent of the constraints placed upon us by outside forces.  This independence did not come easily; it was with great risk that our forefathers persevered to bring us this freedom.

Henri Landwirth also had a bold idea; that children with life-threatening illness should be able to pursue a life of happiness independent of the constraints placed upon them by their illness.  His hard work resulted in a Give Kids The World Village, a place where these children and their families could enjoy pure happiness.

On this Fourth of July, the Hotel Ballast celebrated our independence while also raising money for Give Kids The World. The hotel sold hot dogs, snacks and beverages to employees raising over $400 for the charity.  One employee, Norman, donated more than half of the money raised.  His reason for the generosity was simple: to bring happiness to others.  "I don't have a lot. But I enjoy sharing it with others.

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Working for the happiness of others is what we are called to do. In trying times it is even more important that we try to bring joy to others.  Perhaps our forefathers realized that it is in pursuing the happiness of others that we are able to realize our own happiness.