I’ve shared quotations before about the love of life, but here’s another one I appreciate from Henry David Thoreau:
“However mean [humble, poor, ordinary] your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names…The fault-finder will find faults even in Paradise. Love your life.”
I think Thoreau is telling us:
It’s a good thing to love life. To accept it, appreciate it, embrace it, cherish it, enjoy it, and seek to do well by it.
But that’s not enough.
What’s required is to love your particular life, the life you have right now, as is—with all of its successes and failures, ups and downs, strengths and weaknesses, tears and laughter.
For this is the only life you have. And it’s worth more than you think it is. (And by the way, you’re worth more than you look like you are.)
Does loving your particular life seem like an unreachable goal?
Actually, I think that goal is closer to us than we think it is. It starts with loving the near. Loving the here and now. And it brings some real benefits.
For example: Loving your particular life makes you more fun to be around. And it frees up energy for facing the challenges you have to face.
As Samuel Johnson said:
“The love of life is essential for the prosecution of any serious endeavor.”