Random reflections on Life… March 18, 2006Posted by silentEcho in Spiritual.
It is a very fast life and I think we do not get any time to reflect on our life. Not that it is required all the time but sometimes introspection might be a really good idea. Standing on the roof of my apartment one evening during such a self-imposed introspection session, I was thinking about life. There is so much here we see, hear and do. So many things we take for granted. So many things we care about too much or we ignore. I asked myself a very simple question, atleast it seemed simple to me then, What is life?
What is life? It’s a question that comes to the mind several times and in several forms but very often than not we do not know the answer to this question. May be it’s good that we live what we do not know because if we knew everything about life then it wouldn’t be any fun. No surprises, nothing. Why live it then?
As one sees many times in life, life is worth living but more than that it is worth seeing as well. In fact it is sometimes better to look at life than only living it. This is so because merely living life puts it into the domain of time where we might not have time to understand life because of the pressure dealing we undertake every moment. However looking at life brings it closer to heart and mind, in the domain of experience and emotions. This makes, I think, it easy to understand life and to feel it.
Another question that often comes up is : Why does life go on at all? I mean why does not everything come to a standstill and we remain what we are? It seems such a good idea to some about being in the childhood or teens throughout. I myself sometimes think that it would have been better if I had been a child always. No worries, no tensions. But this does not happen. And it is good from one view point : it breaks the monotony of a singular life. Life proceeds because may be the world looks more beautiful from the other end – the place that might be the place we really ought to be. Life probably is a necessary delay on our way to this place. From where we stand, it might seem ages before we sleep but from the other end ages seem to be seconds – absolutely nothing. But certainly it’s not that only the years in life count. As Abraham Lincoln puts it :
” It might seem from this end that it’s only the years that count but from the other end we shall see that in the end it’s not the years in life that count but the life in the years. “
This means that life is about filling life in our years, making every moment breathe and vibrant with living spirit so that in the end we sleep with peace. But filling life and living it needs a certain grit. Not everyone has it. This is why not everyone ‘ lives ‘ lives life in the real sense of the word. Most of us speak about what life is and what we wanted it to be.. To most of us life is not the party that we hoped for but since we are here all we can do is to dance. But that is a wrong attitude. I think we get satisfied very easily and we do not search for more. Or even when we do it we do it with a pessimistic mindset – cursing life, saying things like ” if only…” et cetera. We should search for joy. Half of us are not able to follow our own instincts and what our heart says. We should do that and we should stop taking things around us for granted because these things will not always stay. It’s might be a good idea to appreciate and value life. It knocks at everyone’s door only to find that most of us don’t open the door, welcome her and make her at home and so, embarrassed, it shoos away. I think we should not allow this to happen. We should learn to love life and live it on our terms. It is difficult to live life on our terms. Those who are able to do this really live their life, others are mere parasites. They haunt their bodies with no identity whatsoever other than that of breathtakers, food eaters and other things one can think of. Read what Steve Jobs said ( Commencement Address, Stanford University ):
” Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. “
Life finally at bliss comes to those who live it. And this, as I remarked earlier, needs a certain grit because living life in its true sense is not just having nostrils to breathe in air but doing so while underwater. It’s just like handling a rose to handle life, we will have to endure the thorns. Life is what Maya Angelon said :
“ Life is about survival. You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated. “
It is all about laughing out loud even in the face of difficulties and in slaying them. The more difficult the hardship, the more glorious the achievement. True! If it hadn’t been difficult to ‘ live ‘, everyone would have done it.
Life is short but wide and if we hear real close, we will here what life has to say, something very similar to what Robin Williasm said as John Keating in The Dead Poets Society :
“…Carpe, Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary. “
All life takes is all we have to give. Let’s just grab the here and now of ourselves. Decide what the purpose is, forget past – good or bad. This is so because good causes desire to live back those days and the bad causes frustration. I think we should care about future only to the extent to which it does not hinder our present. Osho gave a more extreme version :
” Existence knows only one tense – the present. It neither knows the past, because it is no more, nor does it know the future, because it is not yet. “
Life is a verb and NOT a noun. It is ‘ living ‘ and NOT ‘ life ‘. Hope you get me here. So let’s live life. Let’s escape into it instead of escaping from it. And as the workers from the floor below pack their stuff and the sun sets beyond the horizon, I have understood that Life is worth living. I know this because I have one to live. About what I posted in this post, I would like to add one more thing ( Churchill ):
” The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. “
I am not sure but I might be right…