A Quote I Live By: “A Master in the Art of Living Draws No Sharp Distinction Between His Work and His Play”

In my daily wanderings through Wikipedia I managed to stumble upon a quote that perfectly describes my joy for what I do and my never-ending “passion for paper”:
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
– Francois-Rene August, Vicomte de Chateaubriand
(4 September 1768 – 4 July 1848)
I am sure other entrepreneurs and creatives like myself struggle with finding the balance between work and play. But rather than struggle against what the world says we should be, why don’t we just call it like it is? Fabulous luck. We’re lucky to love what we do as a profession and we should be grateful we still find the passion to create each and every day. I, for one, find tremendous pleasure and personal reward in working constantly and at a frenetic pace! Sure, I’m human and need a trip to the tropics every so often to recharge my batteries, but working with all-things paper, graphic design and stationery is a gift that keeps on giving. Everyone should be so lucky.
With love,
Carolyn Brandhorst (Owner & Creative Director of The Papery)

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