As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
I read this on the subway ride home yesterday evening: Navigating Stuckness, by Jonathan Harris.
“In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.”
As I walked home – snow falling, unplowed streets, an unnatural quiet for the city, and drifts piling high on the stoops of the brownstones – I felt blessed about the friends and office I had left earlier that day, and blessed with what I was going home to. Doing “that thing” immediately? I feel like I’m pretty close to finding that “bliss” and enjoyment.
I enjoy the work I do and I enjoy what it allows me to create. I enjoy the city I live in and the opportunities it has provided me. I enjoy the river outside my door, and the beaches and mountains a short drive away. I enjoy the people I share my life with. I enjoy the home I’ve created and I enjoy the wife, love, and friend I come home to.
It’s basically a version of Jonathan’s description below:
“When I think about my own future, my dream is always the same. I’m living in a small beautiful farmhouse in a small beautiful town among a small community that values me. I’m living with a wife and kids I love deeply, and I spend each day making art and watching nature. My mind is clear and calm, I’m in control of my time, and I’m kind.”