Can the pure essence of life be considered an art? I’d like to think so. There are two questions that I always find myself pondering with, never reaching any conclusions or well thought-out answers.
What does it mean to truly live? How should I live my life so that I can be truly, happy and satisfied?
This is The Art of Living. It is a phrase that serves as the embodiment of self-actualisation. You can only self-actualise by making the conscious decision to expand your knowledge and change your beliefs. You don’t feel the need to discriminate or make rash decisions based on the physical realities of this world – your mind has already surpassed this threshold.
The Art of Living is about knowing when to focus on research, data and trends. However, it is also about being able to break away from that mold, by siding with stories and anecdotal evidence in order to give you the courage necessary to follow through on a difficult decision life-long dream.
Being able to truly appreciate what you currently have rather than longing for those things that you have not, is the true ability of a man who will obtain a lot in this world.
I have fewer things now and fewer people; but I’m not empty. Having and experiencing are very different. Having, was never having enough. – Rachel Naomi Remen
The key of this sort of satisfaction, is not in the world of recognition; or power, or wealth, or possessions. That this kind of peace and satisfaction at the end of a long life is about the art of living. It’s more about that, than how much we have accumulated, or who knows our name, or how much we know. – Rachel Naomi Remen