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.