In my home growing up, my mom had a framed quote by Will Durant, it read:
“Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing things historians usually record; while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks of the river.”
I believe that parenting, marriage, friendship, cultivating a happy home, having healthy finances and caring for our bodies are all an important part to enjoying our time “on the banks.