We have only one life and a short one at that - that pretty much is something we have to realize - we don’t have forever, and someday we will go.
There will be no regrets when we go (regrets or not, it will happen), but it is important I think that we leave a legacy and a feeling that at least the world is a better place because of us.
I am now 43, and for the last 25 or so years, i have been very conscious of this, and have spent a big part of my time trying to better my financial condition ( in short, earn a living), as well as do what I can to contribute back to society - either engaging in community activities, participating in chamber of commerce activities and charitable endeavors, teaching, and also writing.
Because I live in a developing country, what was always impressed upon me is that poverty is the single biggest hindrance to happiness and fulfillment, and therefore its elimination must therefore be the prime importance.
Indeed, even among those of us who are middle or upper class, who does not harbor the illusion that maybe tomorrow, we will suddenly become obscenely rich, and therefore will spend the rest of our lives indulging in what we want without having to worry again about money, and therefore live happily ever after.
Yet, the pursuit, and attainment of happiness is more than that.
The last one or so years, i have started writing and publishing business comics books, teaching in my alma maters master of management program, and also playing in a band. This has brought upon me some fulfillment and I justify that I am planting a rose. What does it mean?
It means that attainment of fulfillment is more than just eliminating hindrances, lifting miseries or righting wrongs. It means we need also to provide people with good mental attitude and reasons to be happy. A poor person will become miserable if we allow him to focus that he must be become rich first to be happy, and imposes on him the thinking that until he becomes so, he does not have the right to be happy.
In short, we need to build better gardens ( and communities) — and the way to build a great garden is to do two things — you remove the weeds and you plant the flowers. Let us not be only too focused on removing the weeds. Let us plant some flowers. I am proud that we just recently released a CD, and we hope that our music will be one of the flowers that will give to listeners some measure of enjoyment.
They say art is something that makes a person feel less lonely, and I would like to think by dabbling into music, I am doing something worthwhile as well. Is your role that of clearing away the weeds, or planting the flowers?
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