I saw this somewhere and I had to share: “Because of the times we live in, all of us, young and old, do not spend time and effort thinking about the meaning of life. We do not look inside of ourselves enough to understand our strengths and weaknesses and we do not look around enough – at the world, in history – to ask the deepest and broadest questions.”
So, if we do not spend enough time reflecting and pondering that which is beneficial, what are we busy up to? The answer: we are knee-deep searching for the elusive graven image on coins.
This leads me again to wise words uttered by the Dalai Lama: “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future, that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
These wise quotes got me thinking; they got me asking why we have broken that which binds us together. We have severed the link we had with our traditions and cultures. Money has become the motivating factor, the incentive in every activity we undertake. We no longer take pride in aiding the downtrodden in the society as all of us opt to turn a blind eye. We end up asking how each and every activity we indulge in is going to benefit us financially.
And then, when the money starts streaming in, we want more. And because money is, well, money, it comes with its own inimitable set of problems. From health to making enemies, the list is endless. Remember the Sword of Damocles? That is the gift of opulence for you.
Instead of wasting and committing our energies on undertakings that only bring trouble and pain, why not wrack your brain for that one endeavor that brings a smile to not only your face, but that of others. Find yourself. Find the meaning of life. Find out why God placed you on this earth. And remember, the two most important days in your life is the day you were born, and the day you find out why.