A long 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 can, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he had covered.
Without hesitation, 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 his horse so it would go a fast as possible. When he became hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible.
It came to a point that when he had already covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was nearly dying, he asked himself, “Why did I push myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need but a very small area of land to bury myself in”
The above story is similar to 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 time back for what we have missed.
Life is not about mainly making money or acquiring power or recognition. Life is definitely not about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so that we can enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life. Life is a balanced of Work and Play, Family and Personal time. You have to decide how you want to balance your Life. Define your priorities; recognize 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.