WE always complain that time seems forever not enough to do the things we want to accomplish. Such as, no time to go to the beach lah, no time to shampoo the dog lah, no time to clean up the room, etc ... And maybe that's why the wise one above us, created an extra day in February, that occurs once in every 4 years.
To me, a leap day has always been especially meaningful. It is a day created, for us to reflect how importantly we should value, the every day that was given to us, not only the extra day. Believing that one should live each day as if today will be the last, has always been a constant reminder to me. Wasting life away, idling is a sin. I wouldn't say that I never idle. In fact, I admit that it is often easier said than done.
I recalled a story about a grasshopper and an ant, that I have heard of, many times, when I am still a toddler. A grasshoper was lazy and simply refused to look for food sources, chose to idle away in the summer, while the ant was busy preparing the food for the winter. Eventually, winter came too soon and as a result, the grasshopper died of starvation. Somedays, I can be a grasshopper and another day an ant. It's a constant struggle in me, trying to be ant. That makes me an average guy. Someone who can't starve but never bound to taste success.
This morning, it happens to be our monthly "happenings" meeting. As usual, Our Head of Corporate Sales, Li Li, have to give us some motivational talk. She showed us a video clip. It was a address given by Steve Jobs, a year ago, at the graduation ceremony of Stanfords College. And here it goes ...
I like his third story and particularly the ending that goes like this ...
"... No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
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 others' 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."
Valuable lesson learnt here. Acting like a Chicken Little, as if sky is ready to fall any time soon? Nah. But that time is precious and we shouldn't wasting time doing things that we don't like or living in someone else's expectation. Be yourself. Follows your heart.
A few days ago, I was hestating between the paths of which I am heading to. One is relatively easy but the destination is not where I wanted to be, while the other is rougher and unpredictable, but that's suppose to be my love & passion. Tough choice, indeed. But it seems so clear to me, now that I have the answer - I don't want to be an average guy.
Thanks to Stevie and the wise one above me. I live another day.
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