“There is an endless quality to life. There is always more to be experienced. Deep down, we know this and we are glad for it. The problem is that everyday life steals this sense from us. It pulls us away from this perspective, constantly bombarding us with advertisements that all promise to fulfill us through purchases: “Get this, do that, and life will be perfect.” But none of this ever works. We need to let go of the futile idea that happiness is out there, somewhere, and embrace the infinite growth available to us as a treasure, not as something that we are impatient to overcome.
People involved in the arts come to understand this endless nature through direct experience, which is part of all the arts. That is why I believe that a personal pursuit of some form of art is so important to a person’s sense of well-being. It will teach you the true nature of life right up front, if you pay attention.” - Sterner, The Practicing Mind