Greetings friends and comrades. This post was due on the eve before Easter, but due to the vicissitudes of life, I couldn’t publish it. Anyway such is life as the title of this post depicts lol. As you may know, the Christians recently celebrated the Easter Sunday which symbolically depicts the death and resurrection of of Jesus Christ. This singular act alone is enough to tell you life is indeed incomprehensible, for a man to die and resurrect again. Well, well let’s leave that for the theologians. Today, we shall be looking at a very simple but complex topic in life entitled “What is life and how can one live through it?” This topic is very dicey, complicated, simple, sweet, hard, technical, myopic, broad etc all depending on the angle and context you are you looking at it from, because such is life. In analyzing what is life, one can hardly give a vivid picture of what is life, because what is life to Mr. A might be different from Mr. B all because they have different experiences, understanding and approach to life. Again, life is synonymous to asking a thousand and one folks in a relationship/marriage what is love? They will definitely give you different answers. Furthermore, describing life is like asking six blind men to describe an elephant, they will definitely give you different answers based on how they felt it. Needless to say more on this, because the list will be endless.
In order to give this topic the particular attention which I think it deserves, let’s see what life means from other perspectives in addition to defining life. Life can be mean different things when issues relating to political, spiritual, academic, social, business, medical etc is mentioned. See some definition of life, Life is “10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you respond to it”; “Life is like a football match, never mind the kicks of people, because without the kicks, we may never reach the goal”; “Never sacrifice for what you know is right for what is convenient or expedient. What is the meaning of life- whatever you want it to be”; “Life is a dream for the wise, game for the fool,a comedy for the rich and a tragedy for the poor”. The list is therefore endless, this is because life is a very broad topic to address/discuss.
From the philosophical and inspiration point of view, Benjamin Franklin had this to say “What is the recipe for successful achievement? To mind, there are four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love…Give it the best that there’s in you…..Seize your opportunities ….And be a member of a team” Another way of understanding life is to see it from a rational/balanced point of view depending on the angle of life you are looking at it from.
According to the humorous point of view when asked what is life and how can one live through it? The author Henry Ukazu had this to say ” Life is like a woman you can never fully understand her, just live through it based on the general conventional theories which has been propounded in addition to acting like you don’t know/understand her”. This is because as per Mark Twain ” “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen”. The question now is what is life. According to the author of this discourse, he seeks to define life from the empowerment point of view.
Life is a challenge – Meet it,
Life is a gift – Accept it
Life is an adventure – Dare it
Life is a sorrow – Overcome it
Life is a game – Play it
Life is a mystery – Unfold it
Life is a song – Sing it
Life is an opportunity – Take it
Life is a journey – Complete it
Life is a promise – Fulfill it
Life is a love – Enjoy it
Life is a beauty Praise it
Life is a struggle – Fight it
Life is a puzzle – Solve it
Life is a goal – Achieve it
Having given an overview on what is life. It is pertinent to know that, life is very easy and hard depending on how an objective mind sees it. This is because, understanding life is like understanding or knowing a particular academic major. Once you know the formula or password of any major, it gradually opens and becomes easy to assimilate in addition to working through it. It’s just like saying, identification of a problem is 50% solved. It gets complicated when you don’t’ know the password or origin of a problem. Alternatively, we can say life is what we make out of it and this can be aptly defined to be “Life is how you make your bed. According to Lin Yutang “It is not so much what you belief in that matters, as the way in which you believe it, and proceed to translate that belief into action” All over the world, folks have felt challenges in their marriage/relationship, business/finance, health, academic etc which has in turn affected their thought process and concept to life. Samuel Johnson said ” Few things are impossible to diligence and skill…… Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.
The big question now is how can one live through it? Due to the variables associated with life, the author believes the only way one can live and understand life apart from seeing it from the creator aspect of it (God) and having faith as one moves along in life, is to have a positive mental attitude towards life. The author mentioned God because, he’s the creator of the whole universe and as such in order to understand what life is, you have to ask the creator of life because he originated life. Just like if you want to find out how Microsoft works, your best bet is to ask Bill Gates. Also, having Faith is another way one can live through life. This is because, as human, we have passions, desires, interest etc on what we want to do, and as we move along we experience bumps along the way. Therefore, it is by having faith in oneself and being optimistic that such is life, that we will able to achieve our dreams. knowing that many people have experienced misfortunes/disappointments in life can keep you going through life.. Having faith / belief in oneself is very important in working through life. Just like the saying, a wise man learns from his mistake, but the wiser man learns from other people’s mistake. Again, having an open mind that anything can happen regardless of the preparation and investment you have made can make your faith and understanding very strong while pursuing your dreams and desires in life.
Success minded people have many things in common among which are perseverance and a healthy positive mental attitude. In living through the vicissitudes of life, Samuel Johnson said ” Few things are impossible to diligence and skill…… Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance. Where there is a will, there is a way is an old saying which has survived all times. Napoleon Hill said in his book Think and Grow rich “whatsoever the mind can conceive believe it can achieve it”. And Samuel Smiles rightly captured the positive mental attitude of living through life – “He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that great resolution often scales the barriers to it and secures its achievement. Finally on attitude of living through life Charles Kettering had this to say ” Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time, you don’t fail is the last time you try something, and it works. One fails forward towards success”.
Furthermore, the author would love to see life from the definition of Mother Theresa. According to Mother Theresa, she encourages each and every one of us to have a positive mental attitude towards life regardless of what how the world treats us. It’s a fact that some folks do react or change due to their experience/ relationship when dealing or relating with humanity. This made Mother Teresa opine, in other to live a positive life we need to have to have a positive mental attitude. According to her
People are often unreasonable and self-centered, Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people will accuse of ulterior motives – Be kind anyway
If you are honest people may cheat on you, Be honest anyway
The good you do today maybe forgotten, Be good anyway
If you find happiness, people may be jealous Be happy anyway
Give your best anytime and at the end you will discover it is between you and God, It was never between you and them anyway.And I add, because such is life.
Having giving an insight and overview as to what life is, It is noteworthy and a fact that life is indeed a mystery which we have to live by daily. As pointed out above, we have all passed through trials and experiences which has indeed shaped our thoughts, opinion and concepts of life, however one thing is certain Life ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of all obstacles as stepping-stones to build the life you want.- Marsha Sinetar.Despite all the theories and definition propounded above, I will advise by way of conclusion:
The Adventure of life is to Learn
The Goal of life is to Grow
The Nature of life is to Change
The Challenge of life is to Overcome
The Essence of life is to Care
The Secret of life is to Dare
The Beauty of life is to Give
The Joy of life is to Love
Finally comrades, as we go through life in our individual life endeavors, let’s apply all the above mentioned theories and concepts. I know the list is not exhaustive, but at least it can serve as a resourceful tool in living through life. So feel free to drop your comments, be advised it’s a learning process and as such no one and I repeat no one is a monopoly of knowledge relying on the UBUNTU teaching (I am because we are, I am because of what others have made of me). Be positive, be energized, and be fruitful.