Life Is What Happens When You’re Busy Making Other Plans

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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – The Buddha.

The profound and always true words of the Buddha offers much comfort to one’s mind; it is like a guiding voice that gives direction amidst the chaos and madness of the ever-changing world. I can but only read, ponder upon and embrace the words of Buddha, never wanting to give any comments or views because it will only be a reflection of my sheer ignorance to say a word. Thus, I will not say anything about the famous words of the Buddha, and will leave you to think and gain your own understanding of the words of the Enlightened One.

Everyone has, in some points of their life, wondered what life exactly is about and what it ultimately has in store. It is like a traveler journeying on a path and inquiring about what to look out for on the path, what to expect on the path, what to do on the path, and eventually, what is at the end of the path and where the end of the path will lead the traveler to. It is a simple reference but it is really as simple as it is. People most definitely want to know the reason for their own existence and what is to come next after their mission on Earth is done.

There are varying degrees of desire in humans to want to find out what life really is about and this difference causes people to live their lives differently. (This is only a superficial understanding that stems from a simply thought process..)

Some people work, eat, sleep, be happy, do the things they want and occasionally ponder over the reason for life when they lie on their beds before they sleep; these are the people who simply live life as it is and worries not about the deeper, underlying meaning of life. They also worry much not about what is at the end of the journey.

Other people work on what they think is the reason for their existence and strive to do their best to fulfill the reason. These people might believe that their lives are for helping others,  and they become doctors, volunteery helpers and givers. They base their lives on what they think is the calling for them in life and they gain satisfaction from fulfilling their “duty”, and they too do not spare much thought as to what lies at the end.

For the final group, they have a burning desire to want to know what life is truly and fundamentally about, and they want to know exactly how the world works and what is life after life. These people are the people who journey on the spiritual path and seek to know the truth and gain enlightenment. They want to gain knowledge of the true nature of the universe and what everything seen and unseen, heard and unheard, felt and unfelt is about. Some of them might attain certain levels of spirituality if given guidance and if they are fated to be, while few attain the highest level possible, enlightenment. Karmic accumulation and fruition probably determines all of these.

Regardless of what may lie in store for you in life and where the end of your life may possibly lead you to next, it is important that we figure out what we want to achieve in life, what we want out of life, and what we can do with and for life. It enables enriched and purposeful living. Let’s see what some famous people regard life as:

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on” – Henry Ellis

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose” – Robert Byrne

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced” – Soren Kierkegaard

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon

“Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die today” – James Dean

“My life is my message” – Mahatma Gandhi

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying” – Bob Dylan

The list of famous people and their famous words on life can go on forever and ever, and it is most inspiring to read what others have to say about what life is to them. However it is not the most important thing.

The most important thing is… What is life to you?

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