Just inside the entrance to the Art of Living Building in Downtown St. Louis is the following quote:
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between
his WORK and his PLAY
his LABOR and his LEISURE
his MIND and his BODY
his EDUCATION and his RECREATIONS.
He hardly knows which is which.
He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing.
To himself, he always seems to be doing both.
I write this in at the beginning of every new notebook I start, so it is always there to remind me of something that is all too easy to forget:
My life is my masterpiece.
Like any artistic process, living a good life requires a bit of effort on your part. But isn’t a little bit of effort to create a good life worth all that it gives back?