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What life is all about....!

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 11:45 AM

 What  is  life  all  about.....!

                                                   A little pain, a little pleasure,

                                                  A little heaping up of treasure,

                                             Then no more gazing upon the sun,

                                            All things must end that have begun.                 ---- John Payne


                                        Have you ever thought what life is about....? Life, no one has yet been able to properly define what life is. May be it is true, things that matter most to man are the most difficult to explain.

                                        One definition of life makes it a period between birth and death of an organism. And yes, life is about a beginning and an end. Something we all know but often forget.

                                         The other definition of life says that a thing that grows and shows signs of movement is alive. If one is active he is alive and if dormant as if dead. All living things are engaged in activities. Humans are intelligent beings and by their efforts have made this earth suitable for living a civilized and comfortable life. Had it not been for it, we would have been wondering around like animals in the jungle. Thus life is about performing the right kind of activities….!

                                            Apart from people who are saints and wanderers, who reduce their needs and withdraw from the world, the common man has to be engaged in doing things that benefit him and in turn benefit other fellow human beings. One has to choose an activity, an occupation and develop his skills. To choose an engagement one must find the right guidance and inculcate good principles. Every profession requires dedication and discipline. And doing good work is part of living a good life. It doesn't matter what work you choose what matters is how well you do what you choose, like they say even if you are a sweeper, sweep so well that people say here lives the greatest sweeper in the world. “Work well done, does good to the man who does it, it makes him a better man”. Life is about excelling in ones profession…!  

                                              Being proficient in ones profession is important, but there are many such good professionals. Shouldn’t there be something that makes you stand apart, lets you imprint your footsteps on the sands of time. Yes, there should, and this desire to do something that has never been done before can be called your dream. One has to have a dream in life, a dream to do something greater, to leave his name behind as an innovator, a discoverer, an inventor or just a dreamer. But life is about having a dream…..!

                                             All along life, being good at work and moving towards your goals, you need someone to share your joys and sorrows. Here is a man who is good at what he does, he is living his dream, but he has neglected his relationships. He has not taken time to be there for people, to appreciate or uplift them and the result is that when he looks back he finds himself lonely. In life one should always try to have a good social standing. Every relation requires respect, understanding and a sense of bonding together. This requires time and effort but it is a good investment for it pays well. Life is about having a great family and good friends….!

                                            There are people who have all these beautiful things in life but still are not happy. What could be the cause of this? Well, heart has its reasons that reason knows not of. What makes you happy is a question that one has to answer by himself. No one can bring you peace but yourself. But being happy is important. They say, “ the most wise is the man who is the most happy”. You have to find out what makes you smile and try to do those things. Do things that uplift, elevate and give you satisfaction. You are responsible for your happiness and you can create it. Life is about being happy…!

                                             In the end, I would say life is about choosing a role, playing it well on the stage of life and doing things that make you happy. Be yourself, be happy but never forget that it is your activity and your contribution that makes you have successful life.

                                             Here is to life, living as it needs to be lived.

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