The Art of Life
Do you have a grandparent, or an elderly friend, who devotes time to a hobby?
Anything that you devote yourself to can end up teaching you important things about what it is to be alive. All the more so, when what you devote yourself to is life itself.
In this story about Chiako Yamamoto, you’ll learn a bit about the Japanese art of bonsai.
Think about someone you know who has devoted years to something that gives that person pleasure and meaning.
Try thinking of a question you could ask that would allow that person to share something new with you.
Then, try working with a couple of friends to see how many different variations on that question you can come up with. Along the way, not only might you get some great answers, but you might also learn what it takes to make a question a great one.
Bonsai: the Endless Ritual by BBC Earth Unplugged on YouTube (4:13)
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