Monday, January 13, 2014

What is important?

Balance is the ability to maintain a centre of gravity through a body which has a base of support and with minimal sway. We take balance for granted because our sensory systems automatically work behind the scenes to ensure we passively maintain physical balance, most times without effort on our part. Where there is no balance, things are bound to go wrong, a person can fall, things can be dropped and accidents can happen. Now I have to ask the question on what is important in life for it is critical to know. There are just so many distractions to what life really is that some people seem to live in distraction rather than in life. What is important in life? One asks with innocence and feigned naivety. Is it success, wealth, fame, friends, family, exposure, winning, religion? Sounds quite hard to figure it out and it can be mind boggling to fathom. Sometimes when one gets “desired” goals, they realize it is not what they wanted, or what satisfies them and bring contentment. Imagine getting fame, wealth or friends and realizing it is not important. People end up turning to vices of life to distract them from their empty realization. And so it seems they have lost it, because what was important is not anymore. Now balance stated above is not passively achieved in living one's life, but actively pursued through daily actions. It is this balance which is dually important in how life is lived in much the same way it is inherently important for sustenance of life itself. Human beings are so complex and unpredictable to be fixed on a single outcome. Hence the dismay that follows when one gets results on a single outcome. Coupled with realization of the importance of other neglected outcomes. Then retracing of steps, picking up lost pieces and trying to find balance. And this balance out of life is the proposed door to true happiness and joy. Unlike pursuance of a single outcome like success, wealth, fame and friends rather, a good long term balance of important outcomes while pursuing shorter term goals more emphatically could work better. Hence aiming to identify areas that affect one’s life and balancing them out could work better than pursuing singular outcomes at the expense of others. So what is important in life my friends, among other things and as far as I can gather, is balance.

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