A Lesson from Morrie Schwartz..


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Let me share to you this quote from a favorite character I once read in the novel Tuesdays with Morrie, “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem to be half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote your time in creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

I know this might sound a little farfetched but lets just say, over the years, our generation made progress not only in technology but also in every aspect of life which makes our daily living more comfortable than the way it was before. But of course, these changes brought consequences that we have to deal with, that we have to go with the flow, so they say; one can agree that it makes us feel good and feel that we are “in” and up-to-date but before we even become aware of it, if we always depend on such things, there will come a point wherein we will be totally dependent on such, more or less making us slave of the material things we patronize and prioritize.

Even if we accept it or not, we are slowly changing, becoming more and more dependent on material things, wanting more and asking for more. People get so busy that we sometimes tend to forget the things that are more important, and as we go on with our everyday lives, we start to believe and think that happiness can be found on the material things that are slowly eating up the time that should be spent on the things that actually matter, like, the relationships we have with other people.

Why do we tend to do this? I think it’s because, sometimes, there’s this little voice at the back of our mind saying that if we didn’t go with the flow, it will look like we’re an outsider, someone who doesn’t belong, someone ignorant.

I don’t actually mean to say that we should hate these changes nor hate these material things that are all the while changing. All I’m saying is that, we just don’t need to be too attached or something to material things.

What’s the purpose and use of patronizing things that are never meant to last? Its practically useless getting yourselves too attached on material things. Things get broken, they disappear, they don’t actually last forever. We can’t bring them when we die, only our deeds and memories will be left as our legacy here on earth. People will remember you for your attitude and how you made them feel, not on how many cars nor the houses you might have had or the dresses that you wore on parties.

So why waste our time, effort and energy in getting yourselves too attached on such things? I think what is more important—–the relationship we have with the people around us and the works/deeds that we do in our daily lives that make our life worth living for.

Instead of indulging ourselves in acquiring things that can never last forever, why not reach out to someone you haven’t talked in a while and reconnect? Why not develop a more meaningful relationship with the ones you care about? I think, these are the things that should be given more importance. Afterall, the relationships that we’ll nurture and develop will forever remain in our lives, unlike the material things that will deteriorate and vanish when the time comes.

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