I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
“My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”
In our culture of celebrity worship, it’s easy to forget that a calm, steady life is real luxury. I don’t envy public figures; zero privacy and endless drama are celebrity’s price. I would say I pity them, but those I truly pity are their opposites—people in poverty and war-torn areas who don’t know if they’ll get to eat the next meal. In contrast to both groups, I am rich with the luxury of regular smalltown workdays and quiet evenings at home. I’m grateful to have this kind of wealth, and I hope I never take it for granted.