The Art of Living Well
Think about it - there is an art to everything and living well
is no exception. Of any art, this would be the one to master since it
encompasses all the others.
The art of living
well is to make your life an expression of who you
are, what you believe, and your hopes, dreams and desires. Of
course, to create your life as a work of art is an ongoing, evolving
and creative endeavor. And so it should be.
The difference between living well and just living would be
analogous to preparing a meal.
When you're hungry you can just throw something together from
whatever is handy without considering the nutritional value, taste, or
visual appeal of the dish. You can shove something down that fills your
tummy and satisfies your immediate appetite.
Or, you can prepare a pleasing, nutritious,
tasty meal that not only satisfies your visual and practical needs, but
also makes it a joy to experience. Of course the second meal requires
more thought, planning, imagination and work in general, but the
rewards are exceedingly greater on every level.
So it is with life. You could live it indiscriminately not
paying attention to anything in particular, or you can make it a
delicious, nutritious treat.
How to make your life a work of art:
- Make each moment count and live it to the fullest.
When you get up in the morning decide to welcome all the challenges and
delights each day brings. Be aware that everything you experience
contributes to your knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of life.
Every activity can have meaning and purpose and by acknowledging and
recognizing it, you enrich your participation in it.
- Express yourself and create the life you want.
You are unique.
Express your individuality and share your observations and insights
with others. Make your surroundings a comfortable reflection of that
individuality and uniqueness. For instance, if you're a collector, a
sports fan or have a particular hobby, decorate your home with
artifacts and mementos that express that part of your personality.
It makes for good conversation and reveals something about you to
- Establish an open, accepting and appreciative
Prepare yourself for whatever comes your way. When you do, the
possibility of attracting adverse circumstances lessens because of your
willingness to stand up to and face what is. When you maintain an open,
accepting attitude life actually goes more smoothly and without
incident. It's as if you're daring life to throw you a curve, but
because you aren't afraid, it becomes unnecessary and therefore loses
- Be who you are and go after what you want.
Be comfortable with yourself
and don't be afraid to go after what you want. So many opportunities
are missed out of
fear of failure (and success too) and an unwillingness to
take risks or put yourself on the line. Life is too short to not give
your best shot at something. Strive to reach your potential.
The worst that can happen is you learn a valuable lesson.
- Have a solid personal foundation balanced with
relationships with family, friends and the community.
We are social beings who need each other for comfort, support and
interaction. It's important to cultivate and value
all of our relationships and engage in activities that promote good
will and make the community, the country and ultimately the world a
You know you are living well when you:
- Wake up in the morning and can't
wait for the adventure that lies ahead of you.
- Are optimistic,
cheerful and confident.
- Are interested in and want to
contribute to others and the world around you.
- Focus on the good things in your
and improve on what's not working.
- Are aware, appreciative and
engaged in life.
- Turn obstacles into
- Seize each moment.
We can make an art of living well by expressing ourselves,
and receptive to new experiences, and by living each moment
to the fullest. We only need to decide to do so.
"The masters in the art of living
make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor
and their leisure, their minds and their bodies, their information,
their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which
is which, they simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever
they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing."
James Albert Michener
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