What do you stand for?
“ If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you’re about to do today?” — Steve Jobs
Some say we have all have a well defined destiny since the day we are born. Others say we live by the free referee rule and we create our own destiny.
What if I told you they are both right?
In the beginning, we are all the same; we have no knowledge, no experience, we have the same DNA — generally — and we have the same inevitable end - death.
We do have though something unique that differs us from one another, a gift hidden inside us like a small seed — the seed of happiness and success.
Our main purpose is grow that seed and ensure it thrives so that we can harvest it and use it to make good and bring happiness to us and to the world.
Also, we cannot change our given seed, nor the species of the plant that would become. What we can change though is the way we grow it; and this is the real secret and beauty.
We cannot change the destination towards we are heading; that is God’s decision. What we do change is the path to that destination.
The pursuit of happiness
Our life is the journey of happiness and success. Being happy and successful is being alive and vice versa.
As many other authors on Medium, like Benjamin P. Hardy and Darius Foroux, the big shame is the majority of people are not alive, but they only exist. They are not happy and not successful, because they don’t grow their seed, but grow other people’s seeds.
“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” — Tony Gaskins
People dedicate their time and life to companies and earning money. They sell themselves and no matter what they do, no matter how much money they have, no matter what they buy, a big whole exists inside, a deep need and that is the seed that is starving and rutting.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs
If you lose money, you can get it back, if you lose a house, you can rebuild it, if you break a phone, you can buy another one, but if you lose time you can never get it back.
When you work in a company, you are not necessarily paid for your work, but for your time. You sell your time.
As time passes, we get old and die, so I ask you:
When that day will come and look back at your life, what would you want to see: a life of regrets and unfulfillment with the big whole inside — the rotten seed — or a life of happiness and success in which you did it all?
Live a life worth writing about
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” –Benjamin Franklin
You don’t have to be old to die; you can die any time: a car may hit you, a disease may strike you, you may slip in the bathroom and hit your head or broke something, etc. Anything may happen especially nowadays because of our stressful environment and our attitude of rushing into things.
Every second matters.
So I ask you: what do you stand for?
What is your dream?
Are you one of those people who only exist?
If you have a dream, what have you done until now to make it come true?
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese proverb
It is never to late to make a change — unless you are dying. We cannot change what we are now. We are a result of the decisions from the past. We can’t take back time. We can though decide what we do with the time we have left.
Now it is the time to discover your seed and grow it. Don’t let it rot. It is your duty and destiny.
How would our world be like if Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Archimedes, Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci and all the illuminated people would have let their seed rot?
You may be the next Einstein and inhibit the world from your gifts. Don’t be so selfish and grow your seed so you can harvest it for your own good and for the good of mankind.
We are creators of this beautiful journey, called life, that leads to a destination well defined by God — our destiny.
Our goal is to create a path that makes us become our best selves and be happy while doing it — enjoy the ride — so that when the inevitable end comes, we could scream out of our soul:
“I did it all!”
What would you do today if it were the last day of your life? I would love to hear your answer in a comment.
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