Just like one of those news that makes you smile, the recently surfaced note from Einstein says:

“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”

*The context is either the courier staff refused his tip (due to the traditional Japanese notion that a tip is disrespectful to workers’ professionalism) or that he had no money to tip; he left a note and told the staff “maybe if you’re lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip”.

Without trying to endorse or dispute this note, are we in a worthy pursuit of answers in asking whether a ‘modest’ life or an ambitious one is better? Does this binary thinking help us to understand more?

Given recent predicaments in my personal life, the answer is “No. People matter the most.” It gives me joy knowing I’m spending as much time as I can with people I like. Whether that’s my family, friends, teachers, clients, or people I explore my body with…

We are not always lucky enough to really spend time with them. Disease, physical distance, financial difficulties, social stigma, professional boundaries, objections from their family, friends or partner… Obstacles are too many.

To the clients outside of Australia who wrote to me… I’m just as saddened as you are that there’re thousands of miles between us, we’ve just found each other! Let’s keep thinking.

To the clients wrote to me explaining their financial situation… I’m just as frustrated as you are, we’ve just found each other! Let’s keep thinking.

To my own family currently suffering in a hospital far far away… I’ve spent my short 20 years of life with you; no words can describe how I feel… Please don’t stop fighting……

A moment of vulnerability reminds me that so many connections are never built because “it’s too hard”; so many irreplaceable people are lost forever because “it’s too hard”… Maybe “life’s vicissitudes” is a different spelling for the caprice of the Fates, but that only makes our efforts and struggles yet more valuable.




3 thoughts on “Note

  1. Nathan Crane says:

    Thank you for your comments and perspective. I haven’t commented on your social media feed since I am one of those who is in another hemisphere, but they are appreciated all the same.

  2. Jeff says:

    I read up on some research done at Stanford University

    Some Key Differences between a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life
    By Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs, Jennifer Aaker, Emily N. Garbinsky

    It’s interesting how caring for family and loved ones is sort of an area that would be considered as providing meaningfulness which in the end is so much more enriching than the pure pursuit of happiness.

    You’re clearly a beautiful person for whom meaning has much more purpose than the pursuit of happiness. I look forward to meeting you

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