“The way to know life is to love many things.”
~Vincent van Gogh, Dutch impressionist painter
Loving many things = knowing life.
There’s a Greek word for “know”: epiginosko, which means to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know well, to percieve, by sight, by hearing … to understand.
Expanding that initial equation a bit (which is a reduction of van Gogh’s quote): Loving many things helps us understand, to become thoroughly acquainted with life … helps us to see and hear life.
Loving sunsets and sunrises … somehow helps me know/perceive/understand life.
Loving the sound of laughter … somehow helps me know/perceive/understand life.
Loving intangibles like honesty and loyalty and a sense of humor (yes, that too!) … helps me know/perceive/understand life.
Loving my husband … my children … my friends … my enemy … helps me know/perceive/understand life.
In Your Words: What are some of the “many things” you love that help you know life?