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.
Be aware that everything you experience contributes to your knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of life.
Every activity can have meaning and purpose and by
recognizing it, you enrich your participation in it.
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
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
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.
"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 MichenerRelated articles: