A Master In The Art Of Living

A Zen poet said, “A person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which and simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace, whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both.”

As a magician, I spend an average of six to ten hours a week performing magic. It’s what I love to do. It’s my passion, but I also spend an average of thirty to forty hours a week, behind the scenes, marketing my business. This work isn’t terribly exciting, and it’s easy to view it as drudgery.

It’s a sad state of mind thinking that I’m viewing a bulk of my life as drudgery. I’d rather live passionately in all areas of my life, so I realized I needed to change my mindset. A change of attitude was in order.

Over the last week I made a concerted effort to live my life with purpose, grace, and ease. Not just in the areas of my life that are easy and fun, but in all areas of my life. The result was a much happier ME.

Some of the work I kept putting off, because it seemed like a chore, is now getting completed, and I’ve been enjoying the process. All it took was a decision on my part to change my attitude. I find it fascinating how powerfully our lives can be impacted by just making a decision and then following through.

The Zen poet said it best. Now it’s just a matter of following through, not just for the meantime, but for life.

As always, I welcome your comments.

Corporate magician, Lou Serrano

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4 Responses to A Master In The Art Of Living

  • I was always told that the word “show business” tells you that you will do a lot more business than show. Trying to enjoy that part of our work is HUGE seeing that we will be doing that more than anything else!

    But at the end of the day all that work is for US and OUR business. At least we aren’t doing it all to build someone else’s business or nest egg, ya know?

    Good stuff Lou!

    Hart Keene

  • Gary says:

    Excellent thoughts, Lou — said quite well, I might add!! And if I may expand. Much of my work in psychology has dealt with the “self perception” theory — when we see ourselves doing a particular behavior, we form our attitude based on that behavior. “I rushed to the front of the stage — therefore, it must have been pretty important and exciting to me to be at the front of the stage” (vs. the reverse, common-sense explanation: “It was really important to be at the front of the stage, so I rushed to it.”)

    When we see ourselves engaging in a particular activity (marketing) and doing it with gusto, we will infer, “I must be enjoying this — I do it so much with such passion.” Ergo, actions can affect attitude.

    Now for the best part:
    Think of the end of your video — it’s not just that we’ll be “happier.” It’s that we’ll feel so good about it, we’ll do it MORE and “be more successful.” Aha!

    It’s a great way to think.

    Thanks Lou, for this one — excellent at all levels!!

    Best,
    Gary

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