a life of cheerful simplicity
I wish my father had been a little bit more like Jackson Pollock’s and less like a total Son of Sweyn. Lapham’s Quarterly has a lovely letter written to his 16-year-old son in 1928, but here’s a snippet:
The secret of success is concentrating interest in life, interest in sports and good times, interest in your studies, interest in your fellow students, interest in the small things of nature, insects, birds, flowers, leaves, etc. In other words to be fully awake to everything about you & the more you learn the more you can appreciate & get a full measure of joy & happiness out of life.