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.