Last Updated on August 15, 2022 by Joshua Isibor
Life can be defined as a status given to any entity including animals, fungi, bacteria, etc, and sometimes viruses have the properties of replication and metabolism. In a holistic medical frame of interpretation, it can be organized under some abstract Key concepts: existence, creation of the world, state of being, daily living, talents, relations, sex, health
, and personal development.
“The ultimate aim of the human mind in all its efforts is to become acquainted with the truth”(Eliza Farnham). We believe that we have to try to understand life and get a grip on the many faces of life because it can be of great value for us to learn to recognize the fundamental principles of how life is lived to the fullest and its constituents.
Life constitutes different things but is majorly made up of the soul, Food, shelter, and clothes. one might ask why. But from the Creation of the world, when God created Adam and Eve. Man has always sought these four things, after the sin of Adam and Eve God cursed man and chased them from the garden of Eden. Man’s suffering began and they had to fend for themselves, which led to seeking the comfort of their soul, food, shelter, and clothes. They sought God for their soul, food to feed their mortal flesh, clothes to cover their nakedness, and shelter as a protective covering from rain, sun, and wild animals which were their major needs and desires.
The struggle continued and the quest to get more to live a more comfortable life, made man toil more and “Chase shadows”(things that do not exist or something that one can’t hold on to). The man now decides to go beyond seeking these initial needs, which were their desire and need to search for and acquire more Knowledge to create things and develop the world. Which no doubt has a positive and negative influence on our world today, making man lose the sense of the actual meaning, purpose, and quality of life.
Man’s insatiable needs unleashed greed, wickedness, and chaos in the world today.
Whenever we Chase after something, we take ourselves out of the present moment where life happens. The future doesn’t exist yet and the past is gone. The only really meaningful place to live is in the now and that’s generally where you will find what you are
looking for. There are some things, man can Chase aside from the major constituents of life
earlier discussed, they include dreams, fulfillment, health, wisdom, and happiness. these things are also Paramount.
THE CONSTITUENTS OF LIFE
Dreams are the craving of your soul, if you don’t move towards fulfilling your rightful dream you live just an empty life. Before you start chasing the dream make sure that it’s your dream you are chasing! Most people don’t get what they want in life because they are playing out someone else’s idea of who they should be.
Just like there is an external world there is also an internal world, which constantly seeks fulfillment. One may Love reading, listening to music, meeting friends, and traveling to new places to achieve fulfillment, one may also have the resources to fulfill these aspirations. However, we simply neglect them as they don’t give us any sense of achievement. You must fulfill yourself internally before you Chase your dreams outside.
Most people are so busy chasing other things in life that they find no time to take care of their health. This is the greatest blunder we can do. Dalai Lama said, “it is so beautiful”.
If you lose health once, you can perhaps never get it back with all the wealth
and power at your disposal.
We have lots of knowledge nowadays but we are hardly wise enough to use the knowledge to achieve our goals in life. Knowledge is a great power. However, it can become harmful rather than useful, if we don’t know how to use it. We must try to become wise by learning to use the right knowledge at the right time in the right way.
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“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”(Aristotle). However, most of us fail to be happy
in our life. Our failure to be happy is because there is no single
thing that can make us happy. To understand the mystery of happiness, please
observe the picture of a musical keyboard.
If you press only one node of this keyboard, it can never give you joy for a long time.
it is only when the nodes of the music change with time with a great rhythm,
we create a beautiful piece of music. We have to create a beautiful life by experimenting
with life and moving to different things to fulfill our souls and realize the dreams of the world.
These things also make our life complete and add meaning to our life and the world.
There are things a man should not Chase no matter what others say, even the Bible says
in Luke 12:15 “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in
the abundance of the things he possesses”.
1. Chasing security:
“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.(Benjamin Franklin). The problem with chasing security is that there
is no such thing and if you trade your soul for it, you pay a big price. Each of us
has a unique purpose in life, but most of us don’t realize it. Stretch yourself and
take a risk if you want to find out what makes your heart sing.
2. Chasing money:
“Chase your passions and money will come. Chase money and you may never find your passions”(Colin Wright). We all need to make ends meet, but
beyond that chasing after the green stuff doesn’t make us happier. Research by the
Nobel laureate psychologist and economist, Daniel Kahneman and Princeton economist, Angus Deaton, found that happiness maxes out around $75000 in the United States. Additional studies reveal that people are happier when they spend their money on
other people than only themselves.
We all need money to live, but chasing money for money’s sake can take you off
track from your true passions and leave you feeling hollow.Simplify your life, do what you
love and money will follow.
3. Chasing material things:
“Stop chasing what your mind wants and you will get what your soul needs (Kushandwizdom). Many of us think we will be happy
if we live in a big house, wear brand named clothes, drive a new car, and stuff
our closets full of shoes. But that’s simply chasing things to fill the hole in your soul.
4: Chasing beauty:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others, for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”(Andrey Hepburn).
Many women and men feel pressure to look good, we hit the gym, dye our hair and even
get surgery. The problem is that outer beauty naturally fades with time, what we should be
chasing after is the beauty that resides within.
5. Chasing latest trend:
“Ask yourself, what makes you come alive and then go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive”(Howard Thurman).
Be a free thinker and go for what lights your fire. It can be listening to music,
watching old star movies, writing, etc. The consumer-based society depends on us to buy stuff, so we are forever lured into getting the latest items. Trouble is, if we are always chasing the new rage, we can lose track of who we really are and what truly turns us on.
6. Chasing love:
When you Chase love it often attracts people who don’t value you. It’s exhausting to constantly fight for someone’s attention you just end up getting hurt. True love comes knocking at your door when you stop looking for it outside of yourself and focus on accepting yourself for who you are.
Chasing these things leads to chasing shadows which increases our desire for irrelevant
and invaluable things. The bitter truth is, that everything in life is vanity, “vanity of vanity, all is vanity”.
Ecclesiastes 12:8. We should Live in the present because we can only determine the present, not the future. Life is a struggle from birth to death, and life itself is a risk, but the question is
are we going to live our lives struggling, risking, and chasing shadows?
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