How to Live Well

Ancient Greek Philosopher - Aristotle


“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.”
~ Aristotle

The journey we each embark upon is a personal one. We take with us, the baggage of our ancestors we have inherited from our childhood. We eagerly pursue the rewards society has taught us we want. We live complicated lives that cast shadows on the simple truths that make us happy. We lose sight of who we purely are. This article is about helping you reflect on the life you want to have as we gather what we have learned, so we can take the best and toss the rest.

Song "100 Years"

Living Our Lives to the Fullest

Aristotle’s quote gives us specific instructions about how to live our lives to the fullest. In the song 100 years, the artist sings about how time is fleeting. Words of wisdom tell a story about how we choose to live our lives.

For thousands of years from ancient philosophers to modern day song writers, people have tried to define how to live a meaningful life.

Years go by much faster than we can imagine. Sometimes we lose ourselves in pursuit of dreams we think have more meaning than they do. Sometimes, in our youth, we think we have more time than we do. Yet in pursuit of the things we think are our priorities we may risk losing ourselves to the essence of who we really are.

What makes us happy? What brings meaning to our lives? What motivates us to do the things we do?

The Philosophy of Aristotle and the song "100 Years"

Aristotle tried to teach us what we need to do to be our best and to seek satisfaction from the things we do to have a life worthwhile.


We share our lives on an overcrowded planet where we try to secure our place.
We do so many things to fit in, to be accepted to please. We all have regrets in life. The idea is to keep them to minimum.

Aristotle tried to tell us that our virtues, our moral excellence, comes from the activities we do. Our character flourishes and that which make us human help us be mindful of things we value.

The song, 100 Years, tells us that time goes by. One day we are 15, and as we age, we reflect on the choices we made and life we have led.

Reflection and Thoughts

It is not for any of us to judge another. One man’s values are not anothers. Our personal choices should not be judged by anyone else. What is important is that we can reflect upon our own life and feel as though we lived it to our fullest. When your years are done, what lyrics will you write about the deeds that filled your days?

How did your thoughts influence your existence? How did the compassion you have for yourself and others make its impact on you and your legacy?

There is a saying “Life is not about the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.”

Have you lived a life that is filled with these moments? When the end of your days come what do you want the lyrics of your song to say about these moments?

To do your best, in your thoughts, feelings and actions and be grateful for who you are and what you have - these will be the lyrics of your personal song, the words that fill your heart with the music that only you need to hear.

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psychicdog.net 4 years ago

Awesome thanks TKI! Plussed!


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chinemeremz 4 years ago

"Life is not about the number of breath we take, but the moments that take our breaths away" what a wise and witty saying.

The life we lead now can define what we see on the mirror of reflection. After reading this I feel there is a question that needs to be answered and to provide those answers we need to rethink as we ponder on what life can bring in its bouquet.

Thanks for the write up quite inspiring and fulfilling.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Pdog, So glad you liked this article. I was so moved by Aristotle's words that I felt compelled to write something about it.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Chinemeremz, I am glad you liked the quote and you found this article inspiring. It is good to know I got you thinking.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Wonderful Hub and Video (always Loved the words to that song) and who could dispute the Ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristole...Who's words are even more timely today. A truly Inspiring read and write Toknowinfo...I feel Inspired!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend,awesome hub,i have always like those wonderful words....“Life is not about the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.” I have always tried to live my life to the fullest and when my last breath comes i will have no regrets leaving this life behind and going on to the next life.

Vote up and more !!!


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Thanks B, I always enjoy you stopping by and commenting. I am even happier that I inspired someone so creative and special like you.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Tom, I am so glad you found this hub awesome. I have come to know you as a kind hearted and giving person. I am glad you are making the most of life and I am glad you liked this hub. As always I am happy when you leave your wonderful comments. Thanks for your up votes.


stessily 4 years ago

toknowinfo, Your thought piece segues beautifully from Aristotle's quotation, which is understandably and timelessly inspirational. Your closing lines describe a life lived as life should be lived:

"To do your best, in your thoughts, feelings and actions and be grateful for who you are and what you have - these will be the lyrics of your personal song, the words that fill your heart with the music that only you need to hear."

I enjoyed this journey of reflection, and "100 Years" is the perfect song for emphasizing the aspects and tones of this earthly existence.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I love this hub it gets to the heart of life's purpose in many ways, we live for the moment for sure, many of us are articulate enough to point out these moments.

Many other folks show that they simply care not to share their experiences in ways of words I guess, but the making of music I sense can also mean how that person displays their legacy in life as a whole, and this is what I get from your Hub here, this is your true purpose for writing it all.

You have come to a pivot point in your hub writing here, that actually has taken life into its full perspective and for that I must share your hub as well, as the many I've been finding recently that appeal to all of the senses we have as human beings.

Thanks for writing so a brilliantly thoughtful hub about life, your new found friend the Cloud Explorer.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Stessily, thank you for your kind words about this hub. I am glad you enjoyed reflecting on this article and my words got you thinking. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Cloud, It is very nice to meet you. I am humbled and honored that you will share my hub. Thank you for your kind words. It is always nice to make a new friend on Hub Pages.


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Larry Okeke 4 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

well, i never let pleasure pass me by without having a bite. Looking at how far i;ve come now, when i get to the end of the rope, i definitely would be singing like King Solomon. I had it all, and tasted it all. Great hub, bro. got me thinking about a couple of things. voted up and useful


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toknowinfo 4 years ago Author

Hi Larry, I like your philosophy in life! Glad I got you thinking about some things and thanks for the up votes.

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