I don’t know Shackman! I don’t know whether I agree with you.
What do you call life? Life is what you do, what others do to you and what ‘happens to you. And all this happens because you are focussed on it…in other words you plan for it.
Life is a state or mode of living.
Life is the experience of being alive.
Life is the course of human events and activities.
Life is the course of existence of an individual.
Life is made up of the actions and events that occur in living.
For most people, the powerful motivator in our lives is not just earning and accumulating money. Life gives us the opportunity to learn, to grow and accept responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements.
Life for many goes according to a plan—first the plans of our parents, then our own dreams and aspirations take shape and direction. Then we have a partner to share our goals and plan together.
If it were not for planning, civilizations, cities, settlements, societies, cultures would not have taken root and developed. If it were not for plans a simple structure like the Stonehenge and complicated structures like dams, buildings and complexes, roads and railways—none of this would have been built. Life in this case is inextricably linked with plans.
Finally, we have this wonderful concept of Ganesha—the elephant headed god—the remover of obstacles that come in the way of our plans. Faith gives us that assurance that he will clear the path—and you know something? It happens and life and our plans for it manage to find the balance like oxen yoked to a cart.
In the Indian tradition, ‘Ayushman bhava’ and ‘Swasthir bhava’, may you have a long life and a healthy one, are the blessings that are given by elders to youngsters. These blessings are built on hope and prayer. Elders wish this kind of life for us but we have to plan for them.
‘Good health can add life to years’ is WHO’s message for this year. Planning regular checkups for chronic ailments, managing such ailments sensibly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will go a long way to ensuring that blessings for a long life become happily acceptable!
Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Delirious, Gaelikaa, Grannymar, Magpie11, Paul, Maria the Silver Fox, Rummuser , Will Knott, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get different flavours of the same topic.