At just about the same time that I was writing my blog last Friday, something tragic was happening in Japan.
As I was musing about the universe telling me something by way of a sudden increase in my blog hits, somewhere out there, nature was making its power felt thru a strong earthquake and a devastating tsunami.
My sign was just a mere whisper. For the people affected by the earthquake and the tsunami, the universe practically sent them a scream.
There may be no connection between me and them. Or there is a great connection between all of us, because we are all living in one planet… our lives, one way or the other, interwoven.
As I watched the news about the calamity that befell Japan, I can’t help but be ashamed of the little things that I let myself get bothered by. Somehow, my concerns seemed trivial, even shallow, compared to the plight of the ones affected by the calamity.
The tsunami that hit Japan showed how everything is fleeting. In a split second, one can lose everything that he has. It also made me realize that one can never be too ready. Having too much money, or a big house, or whatever material stuff you can think of, cannot protect you from whatever the universe throws your way.
A lot of things we deem important all of a sudden seemed to lose their relevance.
Life is fragile. It can be taken away from you with or without warning. That’s why your every single breathing moment should count. (And yes, it’s not about counting blog hits.)
Life is precious. Each of us has only one life to live. Perhaps the best thing to do is to live it well.
What does living well mean? Maybe it’s by choosing to be happy. It’s by choosing to make other people happy. It’s about lending a hand to others less fortunate… putting a smile on someone else’s face… or even by just smiling at other people.
Maybe it’s about sharing. It’s by blessing others with what you, yourself, are blessed with. It may be by sharing what you no longer need to those who need it more… or sharing your talent for others to learn from… or maybe even sharing your time with those people who really just need someone who will listen or stay with them.
Sometimes we get too wrapped up in ourselves that we worry and we get stressed and anxious about the littlest things. Our world seems to get so small… basically because our world revolves around ourselves.
Look outside. There’s a big world around you. Other people share your troubles. There are other people who have greater troubles even.
Maybe if we know what it means to be thankful… REALLY thankful… for the things that we have, then life won’t be such a struggle.
Yes, I believe in striving hard to get better. I believe in expecting greatness. We all deserve that. Yet I also believe in contentment. Contentment doesn’t mean limiting yourself or setting your standards low. To me it’s about being at peace with what you have and not putting emphasis on just the material things. It’s about being grateful for what you have at present.
It is about finding joy in what you have, what you are doing and where you are. In the end, that’s all that really matters, right?
“I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.”
– Indian proverb
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