“Don’t take life too seriously. You will never come out of it alive”
The above is one of my favourite quotes. I first saw this hung in a wall of one of my senior directors office in Chicago. That was in 2006. It was simple, handwritten, maybe done by his chidren.
I felt it had such a deep meaning. Even though I didnt ask the person on why he chose to hang it in his work place, I soon realised that it is qutie an effective stress-buster.
We all take our life very seriously. For many of us, the term “our life” means our job, career, money, comforts, family, growth, fame and maybe status. For achieving these, we put in long hours of stressful work daily, sometimes even on weekends. In this process, taking care of our health is quite neglected. We forget that half of our life we spend earning money only to spend that on medical bills due to ill health. Isn’t that an irony?
When we are young and able to go and climb mountains, we come up with an excuse that we have so much of work and no time to go on vacation. Later on, as age catches up, even though we have time and money, we wouldnt be able to do the things we can do now.
Am not advocating that we should neglect our work always. I believe in the saying that “Work is worship”, but I also realise that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
So, is there a way out? Yes, “Balance” is the key word. Draw a balance between the time spent in “work for a living” and “actually living”. Make your own rules. Learn to say “No” whenever required. That is the simplest word to throw many monkeys off our shoulder. (In a mangament seminar, I learnt that extra, unnecessary works dumped on you is called as monkey on shoulder)
Realising this is the first step. Second step is to make plans on what you want to do in this life. A note of caution – too much planning sometimes takes the fun away. Act on the spur of the moment. I have enjoyed many vacations where there was bare minimal planning and I took off on the journey. I try to enjoy the journey and not just focus on arriving at my destination.
Live each moment completely. Act on your dreams and not procrastinate life. As the slogan says “JUST DO IT “
Remember the day you are born , the countdown has started. Lets make the most of that!
Happy Living ! Celebrate Life !
Writer – Prashanth RajaRao Source – Speekingtree.in