tao of stephen/ leonardo da vinci

I have always tried to live and enlighten others to my theory of "living in balance", which states; everything that is of the utmost importance, and morally upheld in ones life must be used, utilized, revealed to others, and obtained, in balance.  i am open to arguments and discussions disproving my theory of balance, but thus far have run into little obsticles when one considers the Christian crusades, terrorism in the name of religion, drug abuse, the workaholic's child, alcholoism, etc.

while reading on the life of leonardo da vinci (1452-1519) i discovered he to believed in a theory of balance. Here was a well known painter who thought of a flying machine 400 years before the airplane first took off. He was a sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, scientist, and mathematician. with quite a resume' one would consider him to be an overachieving workaholic, but contrary to belief Leonardo said...

"Every now and then go away
have a little relaxation,
for when you come back
to your work
your judgement will be surer;
since to remain constantly at work
will cause you lose power of judement...

Go some distance away
because the work appears smaller
and more of it
can be taken in at a glance,
and a lack of harmony
or proportion
is more readily seen.
Leonardo da Vinci



Anonymous said…
Thoughts... well... yes. I don't understand it.

"I have always tried to live and enlighten others to my theory of "living in balance", which states; everything that is of the utmost importance, and morally upheld in ones life must be used, utilized, revealed to others, and obtained, in balance."

I tried to translate that but when I did, it made no sense. Not that the idea made no sense, but... how you do say.. grammar and such. Different languages are so annoying. Could you explain it, or say it in other words?

Anonymous said…
Hey S its Brian.

Living life in balance is a practice that I try to implement more and more. I completely understand and agree with Leonardo. Another statement I think you would appreciate is from Aristotle (380 bc).

"The purpose of man is to be a political being. He should acquire enough wealth and property so that he does not have to work for his food and work for others. For then he can engage in leisurely activity." Aristotle states that men (women too, aristotle didn't believe in women as individuals. Sorry) should engage in leisurely activities to enlighten one's self. By exercising, practicing in Political Office, sports, relaxing.

Living life in balance is to take everything into account. If it isn't worthwhile (to me) then why do it? One has to make a difference.
Story of a Girl said…
It is very important to have time to yourself, and time to be refreshed. Otherwise you'll have nothing to give others. Theory of balance... wonderful =)

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