It's our place in the world; it's our life. Let us go and do all we can with it, and make it the life we want to live. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim of human existence. Our goal is primarily to get ahead of ourselves; not to get ahead of other people.
As the story goes, 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 likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose?  Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.

Sure enough, 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 the horse to go as fast as possible. When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible.

He came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying. Then he asked himself, "Why did I push myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury  myself."

Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. So stay nice even when others are not.-Unknown

The above story is similar with 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 back time for what we have missed.   

Life is not about making money, acquiring power nor recognition. Life is definitely not about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life. Life is a balance of work and play, family and personal time. We have to decide how we want to balance our life; define our priorities, realize what we are able to compromise but always let some of our decisions be based on our instincts. 

So, let's take it easy, do what we want to do and appreciate nature. Life is fragile, life is short. Let us not take life for granted. Let us live a balanced lifestyle and enjoy life!  That is the purpose of life.

By Tim Pedrosa


The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.-Seneca