Its something that comes to mind now and then…but we never seem to stop and think about it.
Do you know how much we take for granted every single moment?
A sunny day
A warm, dry place to sleep
All our 5 senses
People who believe in us
Food in the fridge
Our monthly paycheck
I could carry on for pages
The more and the longer things go right, the more we get used to it.
We adapt to many situations, especially when things go in our favour.
Initially it is great, an improvement to a better job, or a bigger house, or a faster car.
But then every day that passes you get more and more used to the new, and the memory of the old starts to fade. And it almost always seems to go to an extreme. Someone who comes from nothing, and works hard, and goes forward in life fast, due to his hard work but also due to the factor “right place right time” and thus starts to think it is all due to him. Then that person becomes arrogant, treats people badly until one day they some external event causes them to wake up and realise…”What have I become?”
A great example of what I am talking about can be seen in the movie Fearless, where Jet Li plays a character who is extremely gifted at the martial art Wushu. He grows up and goes on to reach his goal of world champion Wushu master, defeating many opponents in matches and teaching many students.
He becomes arrogant, overinduldges on alcohol, and one day after a wrong assumption, challenges another Wushu master for a fight until the death and kills him.
As an act of vengance for his dead master, a student kills Jet Li’s daughter, and then himself, and Jet is left with nothing.
He leaves the city, and goes out to live in a simple village out in the country, where he works in rice-fields all day long. It takes him several years to find himself, and grow into the strong spiritual person he should be. The villagers are really kind to him, and show him the joys of life, and keeping it simple.
He ends up returning to the city to complete his new goal of setting up a Wushu academy for kids, only having to fight once more to raise the money and permission to start his school.
He fights against a Japanese martial artist, who also has great integrity, and alas, his tea gets poisened by some coward. Although he is dying, he fights on till his last breath, and he wins.
He is unable to carry on with life, but his school continues and his dream lives on, and he died with honour.
The point that Im trying to get at is that it is almost always some external event, mostly one that threatens to take away what we have, or takes away what we have, that we realise how special that something or someone was.
Why do you have to die to realise how to live, why do you have to lose something to realise how important it is?
I bet youre not conciously thinking of your health right now, how important it really is, and that when it comes down to losing it, you will do everything and give up anything to be better again.
I remember complaining about excercising and moaning once, and somebody telling me that Im being selfish. “Do you know how many people are out there who cant walk, who would give anything to be able to run, who would run every single day if it would allow them to be able to walk again”
Try and make a habit of just being, realising what you have.
Just STOP, what do you see, what do you feel, how does it smell, what do you hear?
If you were told that you only have a year to live…would you live your life differently to the way that you do now? Most people probably would, and would do things that they normally wouldnt.
I think the key is trying to find peace and happiness in your life, so that if you were told you have a year to live, that you would carry on living the exact same way that you are now, because it makes you happy, and you enjoy life the way it is:)
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