Master in the art of living

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor 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 doing both.” ~James A. Michener

I love this definition of a “master in the art of living!”

One of the challenges of being in transition to an unknown career future in a world that defines us by how we earn a living is answering the ever-present question “So what do you do?” when meeting someone new (or even talking with someone you know who has become aware that you no longer do what you used to do). I think my new answer should be that I’m studying to be a Master in the Art of Living. What a great title!

This life he describes is exactly the kind of life I’m longing to create. It’s the kind of work I am aching to discover. I ache for that level of integration in my life between all that I do, with no boundaries between my work and my play, my labor and my leisure. I want my work to be my play and my play to be my work. That, my friends, sounds like heaven on earth!

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