Skill: a master in the art of living.
The definition is allocated to 4 persons:
James A Michener / Zen saying / Lao-Tzu / François-René de Chateaubriand / L. P. Jacks:
It goes as follows:
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”
Life is a never ending learning curve…
Arman Assadi This definition changed my life. It does not have to change your life, but I think that there’s something we can all learn from this concept. At the end of the day, that is what the most of us are looking for. We want to master this process, this journey of what we are all here to do.
Leo Babauta gave the recipe of how to master the art of living: Mastering it is not as easy as you do expect, as you do fantasize. It takes practice. It means learning to be mindful of when you have these ideals, expectations, fantasies. The person is learning to see the frustrations, anger, sadness, loneliness, irritations as signals of the expectations you have and did not notice.
You learn from trying. Get better. You learn some more. And each moment, along the way, is a miracle to be appreciated and enjoyed, so the process of mastery is a succession of miracle moments. That is a beautiful thing.
“Most importantly, I have learned that the key to mastering the ‘art of living’ is learning how to pay attention. When you are mindful, you are in the moment. When you are in the moment, you are mastering the ‘art of living’. It starts with one simple act.” Marissa Boisvert
We must be humble servants of each other…
“A better way to approach work is not to see “work” as the necessity to earn money to pay for “passion” and/or “play”. Instead, work should be another opportunity to refine and enrich your passion.” Paul Jacobson
Jessica Swiatlo provides 5 strategies to get the snowball rolling to master the art of living:
ONE: Exercise. Set goals, track your progress, be accountable for your excellence.
TWO: Learn something.
THREE: Be mindful and calm your cluttered brain.
FOUR: Doing something is better than not doing something.
FIVE: Seek out new experiences.
There are so many opportunities to do well…
and to skill a master in the art of living!
Umair Haque — A. That’s life: the act of living in the human universe — in the full ebb and flow of its deep tides of joy, sorrow, accomplishment, and grief.
B. Cultivate (your better self).
C. Create (something dangerous). Mediocrity is not a quest to be pursued — but a derelict death trap to be detonated into oblivion.
D. Forgive (and fail). I hate the slightly dehumanizing, mechanistic words “high achievers.” The mark of someone reaching for the stars is not “achievement” — but failure, of the kind that makes the hair on the back of your neck snap up!
J. Krishnamurti: “Whereas if you really love to be an engineer or a scientist, or if you can plant a tree, paint a picture, or write a poem, not to gain recognition but just because you love to do it, then you will find that you never compete with another. I think this is the real key: to love what you do.“
All the above boils down to one thing; whatever, when, where, and how you live, work and play; do it with unconditional and unprejudiced ZEST!