It’s a competitive world out there. Everyone here is running after one thing or another. Competition is good. It brings out the best in a person. But competitive thinking has done severe damage to us too. It has stopped us from appreciating life. We have become these success obsessed creatures who strive for greatness in life but forget to live. We don’t have time for life. Can you remember the last time you were amazed by the beauty of a butterfly? Or the setting sun? Sparking rainbows? Can you remember the last time you laughed as if there were no worries in the world? Can you remember the last time you were grateful for all that life has given you?
Life is a blessing itself. Yes, there are times when it doesn’t feel like a blessing. There are times when life becomes an unbearable burden. But you are alive, aren’t you? Believe in afterlife or not, you don’t know for sure what you are going to face once you are dead. You get only one life to live. That alone should be a reason good enough for you to appreciate it more. Besides life isn’t only about the stress, the race, success or whatever you strive. Life isn’t only about the pain or failure you can’t bear. Life is also about the innocent laughter of your friends when you do something foolish. Life is about the pride that brightens your children’s face when you solve a problem they couldn’t. Life is about the happiness that sparks on your mom’s eyes when you make it to the weekend family dinner. Life is about getting amazed by the beauties of nature. Life is about collecting every bit of happiness regardless of their source and savor them while you can. Because no matter how long it may seem, your race to succeed will stop someday. There will be a time when you won’t have something to look forward to and plenty of time to look back. It won’t help then if you try and can’t remember any moment that brought you joy.
Tips to get you started:
- Put family vacations, gatherings, and outings into your schedule. Schedules aren’t just for works. They are for managing your time properly. So incorporate your fun time with your work schedule.
- Take your personal commitments as seriously as your professional commitments. If you told somebody you’d be somewhere, then be there, on time.
- Take some time to think about what you loved doing as a child and do that. It may seem totally crazy, but it gave you happiness once didn’t it? It can bring happiness to you again. And you don’t know when you might meet the child you along the road!
- Keep your professional and personal life separated. Don’t let a stress from work ruin your wonderful time with your family and friends.
- Finally, if you can afford, then visit a poor country, and see for yourself that how much blessed you are to have the life you have now.
Life is too short to be whiney or indifferent about it. So live your life and love your live.