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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Stop and Live

I received this in my inbox courtesy of a good friend. With everything that's happened these past few weeks, it made me stop and think for a while.

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Along time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered.

Sure enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could. He kept on riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible. When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible.

Came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying. Then he asked himself, "Why did I push myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself."


The above story is similar with the journey of our Life. We push very hard everyday to make more money, to gain power and recognition. We neglect our health , time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding beauty and the hobbies we love.


One day when we look back, we will realize that we don't really need that much , but then we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.


Life is not about making money, acquiring power or recognition .

Life is definitely not about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.

Life is a balance of Work and Play, Family and Personal time.


You have to decide how you want to balance your Life.

Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise but always let some of your decisions be based on your instincts.

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of Life, the whole aim of human existence.


So, take it easy, do what you want to do and appreciate nature.

Life is fragile , Life is short.

Do not take Life for granted.

Live a balanced lifestyle and enjoy Life!

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*Artwork by Rudolf Bauer

3 comments:

ila de cute said...

along, i totally agree with you... life is not all about work and money..yes we need money to sustain our life and to enjoy life better...but doesnt mean asyik nak kerja aje sampai lupa rumah tangga, sampai lupa anak, sampai lupa nak berlibur libur... sampai lupa nak bergumbira dan bermalas malas...life os short so masa yang ada slrg ni baik di utilize kan...

Along said...

Ila: yes, sometimes Along pun rasa, kenapalah berpulun sangat sampai nak bagi anak makan pun tak sempat, nak mandikan anak pun tak sempat, nak tanya khabar suami pun tak sempat. Especially as wives and mothers, I think FTWM have such a difficult time trying to find that balance. I guess we just have to do the best we can.

NORA ANSHAR said...

Hear Hear!!

But then, jadi SAHM pun is not that easy either but am not regretting it one bit.