About once a month, I get a glossy newspaper delivered to my front door to which I do not subscribe. Because it does not speak to me or my values, I normally chunk it right in the trash where it belongs, but this time, perhaps because of our current economic crisis, the cover caught my eye and made me take a second look.
This publication is accurately named INDULGE. Inside you will find ads for Rolex watches, ridiculously expensive clothes, high end cars and the like. But what really made me pause was the tagline: The Art of Living Well. Clearly, the message is that the art of living well is about indulging yourself. What a crock of I disagree.
I think the art of living well is not about what you hang on your body or park in your garage. I think the art of living well is not about indulging yourself at all. In fact, I think it’s about the opposite – denying yourself, surrendering to something bigger than yourself. The art of living well is about doing, not having.
I think the art of living well doesn’t go out of style or change with the season and won’t eventually rust away or be eaten by moths. For me, the art of living well is:
Serving God and others
Giving and receiving kindness
Looking after my family
Enjoying meals with friends and families
Reading a good book
Taking and sharing pictures
Learning something new
Doing something creative
Listening to my litte boy sound out a new word
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Indulging myself in these things represent the art of living well to me.
What about you? How do you define the art of living well?