Appreciating Life, Matters

Ken Kurson has had a fascinating life of accomplishments and achievements throughout his career and professional life especially. These achievements have been prolific in many ways. But it’s the ability to value and appreciate life that is most important and vital; and it  is a message that needs to be heard by people from all walks of life – backgrounds, social strata, ethnicities and religions. 

The ability to appreciate life is irreplaceable. There’s no substitute for good health; and no replacement for the ability to live additional time on this earth. We are all fallible, in the end; as any elderly, frail or sick person can certainly tell you. For this reason, the ability to value and appreciate the ability to lead, breathe and enjoy life and its nuances and even simplicities day-to-day is of vital importance. 

Ken Kurson has written extensively about the need to promote goodness and recognition of people’s noble activities and pursuits. Not everything should be viewed through a commercial lens. On the contrary, it  needs to be viewed within context. There needs to be less fixation on materialism and more of an understanding and appreciation for the goodness in one’s life. 

One’s health is not something that can be substituted for. There’s simply no way to accomplish that. Any person on his or her death bed will tell you that, gladly and with great vigor and enthusiasm. Consider the plight of an elderly person who is on their death bed – regardless of their level of affluence, professional success or prominence. They will inevitably express that they would be willing to give absolutely anything in exchange for another day on this earth. Whether it  be another minute; another hour; another week, month or year. 

But in our day to day lives, as humans we are not trained to think about these things in this matter. Instead, we too often focus on materialistic pursuits at the expense of our health – physical, mental, emotional or otherwise. And this is a grossly mistaken methodology. It’s not a philosophy that is sustainable. Not in the least. And it’s also a warped and troubled philosophy that’s not rooted in reality. 

There are so many things one can appreciate and develop the capacity to appreciate further, regardless of his or her position of prominence, affluence or how one’s tax return might read. Of these is of course the ability to appreciate nature; and appreciate the beauty of the earth. To those living in metropolitan cities which are bustling with the noises associated with traffic, commutes and commercial industry – consider how remarkable it  feels to go to Central Park, or any park, in order to get an adequate respite from the crazy and hectic nature of one’s day to day life. 

This ability and capability of having gratitude and enjoying every moment of life is one that will have immediately positive ramifications for one’s physical, emotional and mental health. Those ramifications will be lasting, durable and memorable. They will not fall by the waist side easily. And certainly not immediately. But one first has to be able to internalize what it  means to be on earth, and appreciate the blessing that is life. For there is of course no substitute for this whatsoever. 

Time with family for instance should be especially appreciated by people from all walks of life, and diverse backgrounds. And these moments should be appreciated especially during the perilous times we presently find ourselves in. With the Coronavirus pandemic there is so much suffering out there; but also so much social isolation. The ability to have human to human engagement is something too many of us take for granted. And that of course, is wrong in and of itself. 

Ken Kurson speaks about this issue and the ability to manage one’s expectations in a manner that is healthy in a variety and litany of different ways. There needs to be a proper reawakening and emergence of appreciation and gratitude for the small things in life. Certainly, health is no small thing. And preserving one’s good health is no small task. But if we start by educating our youth of the value and importance of preserving good health and appreciation it , at a young age, it  will have instantaneously positive ramifications on the way they view life. With that, we will all have a brighter future ahead.