Showing posts with label Futility of life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Futility of life. Show all posts

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I wish I ..

As we end another year of turmoil, sweat, tears, heartache, victory, sorrow and happiness, I invite you to think back into what is the most important thing in your life. It is not that promotion you got or the house you bought.

It is the small things in life. Family, Children, Time with your loved ones.
I invite you to read 'The Top Five Regrets of the Dying - A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing' by Bronnie Ware.

Read the author's experience and get to order the book online here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Greed is Good [43/365]

Recently, an Insurance agent was trying to peddle one of his company's latest Life Insurance policy. The terms of the policy stated that I would need to pay half of my pay for a minimum of three years for a million dollar payout at the end of ten years. Naturally, the prospect of getting a million dollars meant that I could actually retire in a decade.
However, I asked him the all pertinent question - What if I die tomorrow? Like the seasoned salesman that he was, he convinced me that my nominee (my girlfriend) would get the million dollars. What if she died too? Now, he was stumped, since he couldn't say my yet to be born children were going to get the million dollars.

In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells us of how we save, anticipate and plan for a future that we don't have any control over. We can't even predict if we will survive tonight.
The poignancy of the scripture makes us sit up and think about what really is important in our lives - God.
While God never propagates that we live in poverty and while he has encouraged us to use our talent and wisdom to create wealth, what he does abhor is that we neither bring shame to Him by our miserliness or by gluttony. He expects us to the smart yet rich person who is not afraid of letting go of what can be lost to rust and ruin, for that indestructible wealth in heaven. Not that we will want any of the wealth when we reach heaven, but living our lives the way Jesus did should be our guidelines.

In simpler words, a JD for a place in heaven is asking for a person who is 'forgiving, loving, tolerating, being patient, understanding and wise'.  
Have we got it in us?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Does it really matter?

Recently a college student fell through the glass roof when she tripped a step.
While the girl is in battling for life after she fell 20 ft head first into the concrete, the college authorities have washed their hands off their unconscious ward. 
Never mind that the girl's family are unable to raise the money they need to meet the spiraling costs.
What really matters is while the college authorities are calculating their costs and cutting their risks, we fail to remember how this has now changed the lives of an entire family. All in a snap. (no pun intended)

Does it really matter who pays for the hospital expenses? 
Does it really matter whose negligence caused this?
Will it matter to the college if the girl ever wakes up?
Will the real culprits please stand up?

Have you ever wondered how people squabble over things that are seemingly unimportant.
I've seen grown up children hurt their elderly parents over property and inheritance. I've seen how some of them plunder and loot their parent's trust on them. How they wish their parents just died and bequeathed all that wealth to them.
But does all that really matter?

For all the awesome moments that we think defines our daily lives, there should be times when we must sit to ponder if any of our delusional thoughts of self importance really matter.

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