Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What is the Meaning of Life? [An Inspirational Message]

We were given a gift of choice. Everyday, we can choose the mood we want to have for the day. We cannot do anything about the past - no use crying over spilled milk. We cannot change the way people will act in a certain way - We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that is constant is change.
Life is a Gift. Not a Right.
Photo by: Joseph Santos
Our attitude towards life determines life's attitude towards us. Do you know that, what we see depends mainly on what we look for? Try this. Wear a certain color of shirt to church. Suddenly, you will notice that a lot of people are wearing the same color as yours. Another example. When you want to buy a new car that you really like, believe me, you will see tons of the same kind on the road. This is the same with life. Whatever your attitude is towards life, you will get the same attitude back to you. You reap what you sow.
Your attitude also determines your altitude of your relationship with others. Have you ever wondered why people veer away from some people? Generally, these attitude problems stated below might be one of their problems:

1) If they go on a picnic they will constantly be harping on the fact that Susan forgot to put the ice cubes in the lemonade, or Bill and Sally were late, or Jimmie forgot to bring his sweater. Therefore the whole occasion has been ruined for them, and they will make sure that it is also ruined for everyone else. Such attitudes of constant complaint should be signs for those who are matrimonial prospects to take cover.
2) A second symptom is that they can't be pleased. They seem to reject everybody. The singer flats her high notes. The strings in the orchestra were not good.Nothing that anybody can do is good enough. Another form of this difficulty is the belief that their problems could be solved if they only had enough of everything. Such people are partly right in their diagnosis. They are unhappy because they are deprived. Their real tragedy is that they do not know what they lack.

Some quotes to ponder upon:
We live, we die, And the wheels on the bus go round and round. - Edward Cole (The Bucket List)

Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others? - Carter Chambers (The Bucket List)
I just discovered someone with cancer and it made me start thinking about things. Life in general -- like how short life is, how we are wasting our time doing  things that won't matter in the end (at all), how blessed we are to have and experience living.

Having the right attitude towards life is important. It will make or break you. I believe that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% on how you react to it. Thinking about this taboo subject called death, analyze how you are living daily and you will realize that  you are flying each day. When you run so fast to get to a place, you miss half the fun of getting there.

Stop and Smell the Flowers Moment
This poem below was sent via e-mail and I strongly suggest you read it. This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital.

Tokyo Disneyland
Have you ever

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a

butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the

You better slow down.

dance so

Time is short.

The music

Yamashita ParkDo you run through each day


When you ask How are you?

Do you hear

When the day is done

Do you lie
in your

With the next hundred chores

Running through
your head?

You'd better
slow down

Don't dance so

Time is

The music won't

Yamashita ParkEver told your

We'll do it

And in your

Not see


Ever lost

Let a good
friendship die

Cause you
never had time

To call
and say,'Hi'

better slow down.

Don't dance
so fast.

is short.

The music won't

When you run
Morning Dewso fast to get somewhere

miss half the fun of getting

When you worry and hurry
through your

It is like an unopened


Life is not a

Do take it

Hear the

Before the song is

You think life is unfair?, a lot of people think that life is unfair. But do you know what unfair is?

- Jesus died on the cross for us. Was it fair?
- "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2) Did he do anything to deserve it? Well Jesus said it himself - "Neither this man nor his parents sinned." He was born that way and no one is to blame. He was born blind and it's not because of anyone's sins, neither this man nor his parents. Was it fair?
- Remeber the man at the temple gates who was born crippled? (Acts 3). Was it fair?
Human judgement dictates that good people deserve good things and bad people deserve bad things. But God said,

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

The Right Attitude
Arthur Ashe won three Grand Slam titles, putting him among the best ever from the U.S. He died of pneumonia  related to AIDS on February 6, 1993, in New York City.
He received a letter from a fan which conveyed ”Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease?”

Ashe replied: "Listen. 50 million children around the world start playing tennis. 5 million learn to play tennis. 500,000 learn professional tennis. 50,000 come to the circuit. 5000 reach The Grand Slam. 50 reach Wimbledon. 8 reach the Quarterfinals. 4 to the Semifinals. 2 to the Finals. When i was holding the Cup I never asked God: Why me? So why now in pain should I be asking Him: WHY ME?

The happiest people in the world do not have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Speak kindly. Care deeply. Love generously.

For you, what is the meaning of life?