I am still working on accepting my limits and living gracefully within them. He talks about the "wheel of death" and the insatiable desires that foster this wheel. Finally he gives us a picture of the good life and it is what you would expect:
But the ancient norm or ideal seems to have been a life in which you perceived your calling, faithfully followed it, and did your work with satisfaction, married, made a home and raised a family; associated generously with neighbors; ate and drank with pleasure the produce of your local landscape; grew old seeing yourself replaced by your children or younger neighbors, but continuing in old age to be useful; and finally died a good or a holy death surrounded by loved ones.So, maybe I should re-read Quantity vs. Form by Wendell Berry. I think I am coming closer to living within my limits and allowing that to be enough. One of our family mottoes is to "live generously and ably". I can't find the exact place where I found this, but I know it was in Berry's work. Really, that says it all.
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