We tend to overcomplicate life, you know. Masters in the art of living keep it as simple as possible but never more so (Thanks, Albert). So what matters most if one is to work and live well?
First you must know who you are. This includes knowing whose you are. Once you figure this out, master the art of being who you are wherever you are. Throw the masks away. Be you. Damn.
Pursue purpose with a full heart. Know why you’re here, where you’re going, and why it matters. Love the pursuit for the love of doing it. Intrinsic rewards smoke extrinsic ones. Fact. Learn from the past, don’t live in it. Dream big about the future. Do more than you think. Nothing better. Be where you are wherever you are. If you’re riding your bike, ride the damn thing. If you’re taking out the trash, take it out while even taking in the smells. If you’re at the farm, focus on farming. If you’re designing electrical systems, get lost in pursuit of perfect. Wherever you are, focus your attention fully. Simple, not easy.
Love God. Love people. Start and finish here. Pour into your relationships until those around you are filled to overflowing. Allow others to pour into you. Reliable and reliant, you know. Be an Aspen intertwined with other Aspens.
If you love well, you live well. Damn.
CORE. OPUS. PoP. There is nothing new here. Ancient wisdom mostly forgotten. Who you are and who you are with matter more than what you’re doing. They all matter, don’t get me wrong. First things first. Know thyself. Love your neighbor. Do good, meaningful work. What do you believe? Does your day to day behavior align? Slow down. Reflect. Write. Thanks for a couple minutes of your most precious commodity – your attention. Now? Go. Be. With.
Live hard. Love harder…