Most of us ponder and wonder on the purpose of life. Does our life holds any meaning or mission? Are we here just to eat, drink and reproduce? Is human life has some special higher purposes? – we ask others as well to our own hearts with no satisfying answers near the corner.
Some say, it is being successful that is the ultimate goal of life. By the way, what is success? Can we define success?
Ask a CEO of a High Net-worth company, he or she would say it is running his or her company successfully is the ultimate goal or so called success in his or her life. Ask a family man who is leading a happy married life and taking care of a good, harmonious and peaceful family, he would say it is his family that defines the purpose and success of his life.
Ask an evangelist, he or she would say, it is to live and spread the words of Christ is the ultimate goal of his life. Some of them even tell that it is to pray all night and day is the ultimate goal of human life and also add that prayers can keep you feel rejuvenated and enlightened. Sorry, I don’t believe that, because ask a person who regularly practices Yoga, he would also say the same!
You can’t define success and purpose of life. It varies with persons.
Ask me, I would tell it is being happy is the ultimate goal of life.
Then, an obvious question pops up – what is happiness? Like success and purpose of life, happiness can’t be defined as well. But I can say that a smiling face, enthusiastic mannerisms and good will gesture etc are signs of happiness. To my mind, happiness is more of an attitude than something you can buy from a store. Sometimes, a beggar sleeping on the pavement will be happier than a rich man who is sleeping in his palace. In reality, only few people in this world know what true happiness is.
Only way I know to achieve happiness is by helping others and doing what I love to do.
When we look at the world we can see that a section of people is trying to chase happiness fruitlessly by valuing success and money more than relationships and healthy well being. But on the other side, we can observe that the trinity philosophy of achievements-money-success is gradually loosing it’s sheen and changing it’s course in an opposite direction. Today, the latter part of the world is searching for something it had missed in the midst of the rat race for success and achievements – a harmonious, peaceful and holistic well being.
What is the use of the money, success and other achievements, if those can’t be shared with loved ones? Is there any joy if you have to stand alone wearing a crown with countless golden feathers? Do you think, you will be happy if you have millions in your bank account? I don’t think so. Money and success wont bring you happiness.
Today, a good number of people have started weighing happiness more than economic gains. Some nations around us are turning their heads and hearts slowly from Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to Gross National Happiness (GNH) while concepts like Ecological Economics, Green Politics, Sustainable Development etc have taken birth marking a beginning of a new world order.
What is the use being rich without mental and physical harmony, successful without anyone to share and care, highly productive without nature-friendly? You are just disrupting the universal equilibrium by doing so.
It is up to a person who wants to happy and it is not up to the circumstances or the fellow beings. Happiness can also be spread and shared very easily. So, be happy always!
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