Fill in the Blank: “Our Life Is What Our __ Makes It.”

How would you fill in the blank: “Life is what our ____ makes it.”

In his Journal, Jules Renard wrote: “Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell.”

I’d propose “Life is what our habits make it.” As I write about in Better Than Before, my book about habits, habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. About 40% of our existence is shaped by our habits — so if we have habits that work for us, we’re far more likely to be happier, healthier, and more productive.

Other possibilities? Education, relationships, self-knowledge…?

I’ve never read any other writings by Jules Renard, but this journal is extraordinary.

How would you fill in the blank?

  • Mary


  • Emily Simmer


  • Nicola

    Definitely Mind…. It encapsulates self-knowledge and attitude and coping strategies. If any of these aren’t right, things either actually go wrong or seem wrong.

  • Our life is what our experiences make it.

  • HEHink


  • Leigh

    Opportunities. For some they are endless, for others, few.

  • felisdarkmoon

    Past! I often thought that no matter what I do or have or achieve in future, I never couldn’t to be more happier than in same time last year, because when our beloved are gone now, is impossible to exist complete happiness or even satisfaction from the life.