What has passed will never be repeated again. Life and time unfold swiftly. If we just follow the labyrinth and race of daily life and refuse to pause and reflect for a while to know where we are actually leading to in life and why we are doing all the things that we do, we would probably miss the essentials and beauty of life.
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The Chinese billionaire and founder of the global retail giant Alibaba, Jack Ma, once said: “Life is so short. Don’t be so serious about work. Enjoy the lives.” Although a very busy man himself, Jack Ma knows that life is more important than work, that “being is more important than doing” in life. Another saying states: “Work, but don’t forget to live!” So if we are so preoccupied with work and worldly affairs and neglect to reflect on our life, we would miss to appreciate the beauty and nobility of living!
Ultimately, what will probably linger in our minds in our dying moments are not our achievement, popularity, and recognition but our loving memories of people whom we have touched and loved and significant events that reminded us of the beauty of life. What would probably make us smile as we struggle our last breath are the good old days when we felt happy that we shared our life with others and achieved our earthly goals!
We only live once in this world. As rational beings, we are creators of meaning. What makes our life meaningful would depend on our ultimate goal we set for our lives. This ultimate goal, we envision for our life is what basically guides us in our daily living. Its achievement can ultimately make us happy.
The quality of our happiness would depend on our ultimate purpose in life. If our ultimate goal is to seek wealth, then our happiness will eventually consist of gaining more profit in our investments, increasing savings, achieving dominance in the market, creating new breakthroughs in business innovation, etc. If our ultimate purpose is to chase pleasure in food, sex, alcohol, or other forms of addiction, then our happiness will consist of enjoying and prolonging pleasure in our bodily senses.
If our basic aim is to love God by serving others, then happiness can consist of spiritual consolation or joy that we have served the God’s poor and underprivileged. In the gospel, Christ assured us that He’ll prepare a place in His Father’s home for those who serve Him faithfully.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.…” (John 14:1-3).
The ultimate purpose we set for our life can determine the quality of our happiness in our daily living….LIFE BECOMES MORE MEANINGFUL IF WE SEE THE CONTINGENT FROM THE ULTIMATE, OUR DAILY AFFAIRS FROM OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IN LIFE!
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