This piece was sent to me by a good friend online. Sez if it would be for a lovely post. It's worthy to be quoted and posted again and again on anyone's fb page. Much to learn from it. And I've been trying to tell this to my workaholic of a daughter gazillion times over ... :-)
I now quote: (Italics are mine to stress a point)
WE ARE PEOPLE, NOT PROGRAMMED DEVICES
Speech by Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis...
"Don't just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a BALANCED, SUCCESSFUL LIFE. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.
There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.
Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first.
Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. YOUR STRIVING IS ONLY WORTH IT IF THERE IS HARMONY IN YOUR LIFE. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.
One thing about nurturing the spark - DON'T TAKE LIFE SERIOUSLY. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really TEMPORARY here. We are like a PRE-PAID CARD with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. DO WE REALLY NEED TO GET SO WORKED UP?
It's ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, Enjoy with your friends, fall in love, little fights with your loved Ones. WE ARE PEOPLE, NOT PROGRAMMED DEVICES."
"Don't be serious, BE SINCERE."
There you go. So many have been saying this before and many more will in many different ways and languages until we finally get it right. And if you've been paying close attention to that tiny voice inside, you will know that God has been saying it to you too. Don't let this messed-up-world shape you --- YOU shape the world. Make a difference while you can. And be that difference now. Know how to live.. truly live.