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A Meaningful Look At Life

It is not very often we gain crucial knowledge about the mundane from some deep thinkers. Things we take for granted, more often than not, bring us to such crossroads that bind us to take a closer look and find the hidden meaning. One such example lies in the following quotation I read a while ago: “A long life may not be good enough, but a good life sure is.” -Unknown

We all know how our capacity to take risks keeps on decreasing as we age. In other words, we get more easily scared when called upon to take a chance where the odds do not favor us. The wise equate this situation to our increasing love for life, almost to the extent of infatuation. We hold on to dear life at all costs. Yes, there are exceptions, just like they are in other situations. For all practical purposes, such exceptions are rare and far in-between.

Bill Watterson, the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, has compared life to

“A box of new crayons! Now they’re all pointy, lined up in order, bright and perfect. Soon they’ll be a bunch of ground down, rounded, indistinguishable stumps, missing their wrappers and smudged with other colors. Sometimes life seems unbearably tragic.” 

We need to understand and appreciate the underlying wisdom that relates to our own life. We can save it from such a situation by paying attention before it is too late. The question you have every right to ask is ‘how’ do we do that. Please allow me to mention yet another quote:

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

~Unknown

One of the foremost contributors to ground down, rounded, indistinguishable stumps of life happens to be the constant influx of worries that we tend to harbor with or without reason. We inadvertently invite numerous complications, both physical as well as financial, by letting these worries spoil almost every facet of our life. However, we have a sound piece of advice from none other than Leo Buscaglia, also known as Dr. Love. The author tells us:

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” 

“A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.”

~William Lyon Phelps, an American author, critic, and scholar.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

~Thomas Jefferson

Given these statements, we can identify some valuable pointers to finding the meaning of our life. Concerted efforts at staying the course, practically all outstanding visionaries, high achievers, history-makers, created history for generations to follow. On the other hand, some of the most hated, devilish characters caused irreparable damage to the very fabric of humanity. No doubt, we are unable to go back in time and reverse the damage already done. At the same time, let us not forget we are fully competent to take control of the situation and to forge ahead full-steam in the right direction.

“It is the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storm of life.”

This timely advice comes from none other than Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet, well-known for her statement “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.” You would be absolutely within your rights to ask how to set the sail of life in the right direction. The answer comes from Sasha Azevedo, a young American actress:

“A change in attitude can change your life!” 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian novelist, says:

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” 

I take this advice as an invocation to our own intellect where we adjust our life’s rudder after taking a cue from the lessons we learn therefrom. Naturally, we cannot do it just once and relax in perpetuity. Necessary adjustments from time to time help us maintain course. This is where ‘Gabo’s understanding comes to our rescue in an abundant fashion: 

“…human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” 

I could go on and on, giving valid arguments in favor of my theory of life, backed up by hundreds of relevant quotes. Instead, I would like to sum up with a vital statement from none other than B.C. Forbes, the late Founder of Forbes magazine:

“A shady business never yields a sunny life.”

Govern yourself accordingly…


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Bharat Mathur
Bharat Mathurhttp://www.bharatmathur.ca/
WHERE goal setting and systematically achieving each one of them has been the ‘Mantra’, where earning trust by delivering value has been an uncompromising principle and where deeply impactful experiences have made an indelible impression to look directly into the eyes of toughest problems and tackling them head-on has been a major cementing glue in the foundation, Bharat Mathur fits the bill, hands down! Creating value for others, out of the challenges his career in the “C” Suite kept throwing at him left, right and center, Bharat now finds solace in being a ‘Guide by Your Side’ rather than a ‘Sage on the Stage with An Eye on What You Buy’! Past 4 decades of Bharat’s life have been no less eventful than that of anyone else in similar circumstances. However, the way he lived from one challenge to another and stayed focused on his goal is clearly visible as much in his Coaching as in his #1 Best Seller Book: “you Are YOU-nique: Realize Your True Worth”! His next book project tackles ‘Internet of things’ (IoT) from the viewpoint of a layman and helps understand this fast-approaching revolution in simple, easy-to-understand language with live examples: “SMART PHONE + I o T = INCOMPARABLE OPPORTUNITIES” Nurturing a number of successful businesses, mentoring a lot more towards astronomical growth and helping them identify and eradicate trouble spots, Bharat has rightfully earned the nickname: ‘Achiever’ Send him Bouquets or Brickbats, Bharat loves it all!

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    • I am happy to note you found resemblance to your own belief in this quote, Ms. Darlene. Whether we accept it or not, certain facts of life can never be discounted, and continued rebirthing happens to be one of the most important one’s.

      I consider it my good fortune that I could invite the attention of not only a discerning reader like yourself, but also a thought leader and change-maker blended therein.

  1. Bharat, you are a very wise and learned man as evidenced by your well written and thought-provoking article. Long life is something many of us treasure. A long happy life is the best of both worlds. May I again express my personal happiness that you are back where you belong.

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