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Seven Signs You've Mastered 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 education 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 is always doing both." 

-Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

 

1. You Operate With Total Integrity

You make little distinction between your work and your play. The word integrity is derived from the latin word for "integer", which means "whole". (Thank you, fourth grade math.) If you are miserable at work, and only happy on the weekends, you cannot honestly say you are operating with complete integrity. You are two different people, like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, and your life is painfully compartmentalized. You are inconsistent in who you are, and that inconsistency illustrates a lack of integrity. And when you do work you dread, you cannot say you are operating in alignment with your own values, vision, and mission. You are not being true to yourself, so how can you be expected to be true to others? But integrity invites every area of your life to be aligned with your core values, and you make little distinction between any particular area. You love them all, because they are all expressions of who you are and what you believe.

 

2. You Love Your Work

You make little distinction between your labor and your leisure. The idea that work should be a chore, and you should squeeze the rest of your life in the margins . . . is deeply, deeply flawed. It's foolish to wait until the end of your life to start enjoying it. And since your work will take up at LEAST one third of it, why waste a second on doing what you don't love. Your work should be the highest expression of your passion, purpose and potential. It is not a punishment or necessary evil. And if it feels like it is, you're doing something wrong. 

 

3. You Take Care of Yourself

You make little distinction between your mind and your body.  You recognize that all the parts of you are integrally related. (See the "integer" theme again?) You cannot feed your body and starve your mind. Or fill your mind and neglect your body. They are equal spokes to a wheel, and we know what happens to a wheel when it's not balanced:  it falls apart. You have to nourish both your mind and your body with what you consume, rigorous exercise, and sufficient rest. And according to Criss Angel, "when the mind, body, and spirit work as one, anything is possible." 


4. You Love to Learn 

You make little distinction between your education and your recreation. And you derive unreasonable joy from growth, learning, exploration, and discovery. You live in constant curiosity. You are humble by what you know, and excited about what you don't (yet) know. You are never bored, because knowledge and understanding is infinite, and so is the pursuit of it. Education opens up entire worlds to you, ignites a sense of possibility, and energizes you for both your work and play. 

 

5. You Live Harmony 

You make little distinction between your love and your religion. Your faith, your values, and your belief system will be infused in everything you do. Your work will be a reflection of your love, and your love will be a reflection of your religion. Your life will feel aligned, and you will be operating in sync with your core. Your religion becomes less of a theory and more of a love affair. Your religion isn't confined to Sunday mornings. It's in your words, it's in your passion, and it's in your unleashed potential. You will not just talk the talk, you will walk the talk. 

 

6. You Pursue Excellence

You simply pursue your vision of excellence in whatever you do. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who completes it. So, as the saying goes, "autograph your work with excellence." King Solomon, a man known for his timeless wisdom, also instructed that, "whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." We are, you see, what we repeatedly do. So excellence is not an act, but a habit. And as such, you pursue excellence with the same consistency, discipline, and self-control required of any hard-earned habit. And you will always leave every place and project better than you found it. 

 

7. You Baffle People

People are never really sure what you're up to -- whether you are actually doing work, or just having fun. Well, the answer is "yes". Because you are always doing both. And you derive so much joy out of what you're doing, people have a hard time equating it with work, but you accomplish so much that people, don't understand how you actually have time to play. You're an enigma--a (wo)man of mystery -- and there's something irresistibly intriguing about you. 

 

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