DAY 197: JULY 16 – Admire + Appreciate = A Life Worth Living

~ Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-August Renoir


This painting is set on a balcony overlooking the River Seine. The figures represent the diversity of society in Paris. Some of the figures are wealthy and well-dressed while others are in plain clothing. The colors are bright and warm to capture the moment when Renoir’s friends join him on a sunny afternoon.  



I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be surpassed.

~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche



Men become old, but they never become good.

~ Oscar Wilde


What Happened

1212: The threat of a Muslim Spain is extinguished at Las Navas de Tolosa.

1918: Tsar Nicholas II, Alexandra and their four children are shot by Communist insurgents in a cellar.

1945: The first atom bomb explodes at Alamogordo, New Mexico, at 5.24 a.m.


Writer’s Addendum

To exist and to live are two very different things. Even a rock can claim that it is existing. But no rock, even the mighty Ayers rock, can claim to have lived. Science gives us a very crude and useless definition of life. A thing is alive if it breathes, eats, sleeps, grows, dies, interacts, digests, pisses, and pukes. Such a definition is useless as a guide to living. Especially for good living. 

“The unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates. He was right, except that he left out that life without appreciation and wonder is not worth living all the same. The great joys of life stems from the smallest of things. When we lose our ability to appreciate the small things, we become grumpy and irritable. If we lose our sense of wonder, the world becomes dull and boring. Most children are made happy easily because their lives are filled with wonder. Just bring them to Disneyland and watch their eyes sparkle.

A person should never ever lose the ability to appreciate things and to wonder. Without the both of them, live is meaningless. Everything would seem the same. Every problem would be without a solution. Its so easy to find fault and flaw but its so hard to admire and appreciate.

The trick is to be observant. The skill is to see the good qualities that most people miss.

The secret? Everyone can do it. 


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