Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. As we go about our activities, we will have a richer day when we think of ourselves as painting a picture instead of keeping score. Rather than woodenly completing a task, we might approach it as something that can be made interesting. Instead of driving to work or riding the bus only to reach our destination, we might think of this routine as part of the picture we paint today. When a friend makes a comment, we might think of it as another brush stroke in our painting and join in with him, rather than making a game or contest which we must try to win. Many of us men were taught that success means having the highest score. So we have become compulsively competitive—always trying to be right, always striving for more financial security, or always pushing ourselves for some new achievement. Success many not be coming out on top. When our lives are lived as rich and interesting pictures, we find our rewards are far deeper and more lasting. May the picture I paint today be one I will carry with me and appreciate.
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