spend most of our life running after things, doing things. We forget
that being comes before doing. Those who remember this secret make an
effort to “be” and discover that when they stop and observe, life helps
and brings whatever is needed.
Learning to be is learning to be at
peace. It is our most fundamental nature. Sooner or later we'll learn
that in life, it is not what we've gathered but what we've scattered
that matters. What matters at the end is how long we will be remembered,
by whom and for what.
Here's a learning opportunity from the following
article inspired by the writings of an unknown writer..
Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the
way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring
him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army,
his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence.
longed to reach home to see his mother's face and bid her his
last adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking
health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland.
mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to
breathe his last. He called his generals and said, "I will depart
from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out
flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their
king's last wishes.
1. "My first desire is that", said Alexander, "My physicians
alone must carry my coffin."
a pause, he continued, "Secondly, I desire that
when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading
to the graveyard be sprinkled with gold, silver and precious stones which
I have collected in my treasury".
king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute's rest
and continued. "My third and last wish is that both my
hands be kept dangling out of my coffin".
who had gathered there wondered at the king's strange wishes. But no
one dared bring the question to their lips.. Alexander's favorite
general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart. "O king, we
assure you that all your wishes will be fulfilled. But tell us why
do you make such strange wishes?"
Alexander took a deep breath and said: "I would like the world to
know of the three lessons I have just learnt.
Lessons to be
learnt from last 3 wishes of King Alexander...
I want my
physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no
doctor on this earth can really cure any body. They are powerless
and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not
people take life for granted.
wish of sprinkling gold, silver and other riches on the path to the
graveyard is to tell People that not even a fraction of gold will
come with me. I spent all my life greed of power, earning riches but
cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer
waste of time to chase wealth.
And about my
third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish
people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty
handed I go out of this world".
words, the king closed his eyes.
Soon he let
death conquer him and breathed his last. . . .
our health is in our own hands, let's look after it.
Wealth is only meaningful if
we can share and also enjoy while we are still alive, kicking and
What we do
for ourselves, dies within us. But what we do for others will live
Let's leave the
don’t get to choose how we are going to die, or when. We can only
decide how we are going to live. Now. ~unknown