COLOURS OF LIFE: Life: What do you make of it? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:38

BY GRACE C. ESPIRITUSANTO

 

“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.” — Annette Funicello

According to Montaigne, “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them. A man may live long, yet still get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years but on your will.”  Many years back, I thought life was just a day to day activity – meaning , having fun with friends, going to movies, enjoying food and drinks, and many other reckless things and selfish wants. Life was always about I, me and my; others – rarely exists, if ever they did.  But as life went on – I met a lot of other people, some became friends, other merely acquaintances, others still strangers. There were those who have much in life, others have just enough and many were struggling to cope with living decently. I was in amazed with what I have discovered.

Although we were not rich, there was never a time that I can remember not having food on the table, be it an ordinary day, a feast or any other occasions. So, I used to think that food was abundant and was just there for all to enjoy. And that’s where I was very wrong. I saw how other families strived hard to have them, how everyday was a struggle but sometimes at the end of the day, still there was nothing. I thought, how selfish I was then, of course, I said to myself, nobody asked for help – but as I recall, I was never sensitive to their needs and so, I never felt how miserable their lives  were – I never knew compassion.

Today, it’s a very different scene. I’ve learned that life is not that perfect and not everybody is happy and blessed. I’ve learned that satisfaction in life depends wholly on how we perceive life even with having much, less or nothing.  I’ve also learned how to share without waiting for anything in return. I’ve learned to be more sensitive, more empathic, more generous, and best of all more patient and understanding to those who are like me before.

Life has taught me the best lessons I could ever learn. It has made me a better person than what I was before. It has given me the one thing all of us needs — the wisdom to know the difference between wants and needs and the courage to move bravely on.

“Is life worth living? Yes, as long as there is wrong to right.” — Alfred Austin