Confucius used to say: "I buy rice to keep myself alive and I buy flowers to have something to live for". So, according to his analogy, “rice” is all the things that we need to do as adults in order to function in our daily life. Rice are our roles and the repetition of our chores and responsibilities. Rice is everything that needs to be done and that can’t be postponed. Rice gives you the sense of duty and order, and let you sleep at night. But it is a fact, rice has nothing to do with beauty.
The beauty of the flowers is almost senseless. Why do you buy flowers if they are going to die? Simple. You are not buying flowers, you are buying the way they make you feel. And every person has a favorite flower that triggers a smile and a sensation of goodness. So, fill your life with “flowers”, with the things that you enjoy and that make you feel good. Listen to the music you like, sing, pay attention to the aesthetic of the place you spend most of your time in, read the book that is waiting for you on your nightstand, try something new or go to a new place. New experiences are always enriching and keep yourself “awake” in life.
Renew your energy with flowers, because in them you will find the inspiration you need to keep things going. It’s well known that life is a question of balance. So, balance your life with “rice and flowers”.