Is life just a means to make money and become “someone?”
Think of how the world operates and teaches us, both explicitly and implicitly.
Two major illusory “goods” promoted by the world to absolutely spend your life on — make money, be “someone.”
In 2017, Karen died at 43, with double cancer.
Before her death, she slaved herself to work. She earned millions and traveled the world. She thought it’s what life is all about.
She exchanged her health, her family and former life with God, for the temporary pleasures the world offered her.
There’s a bit of Karen in all of us.
Millions of us actually spend our lives addictively chasing after wealth, status, influence, and sensual pleasures.
And yet we end up not having any time left to live.
I know it sounds crazy. But I feel like I’m 99 years old. I feel different. It’s not like I’m not present anymore.
I’m still in the world. But, not of the world. A lot of things that matter to majority of peoples don’t matter to me.
At my age, I see things they don’t see. It’s wild when you don’t rush anymore. And everyone else is in a hurry, but not really getting anywhere.
All of us – rich or poor, somebody or nobody – will be standing at the end. Memento Mori. Remember that you have to die.
I see it. So I don’t waste time. I strive to make the most of each moment. It’s just a “short trip” earthly life.
People don’t or may not see the deepest implications of that truth yet.
Long before I dare to post these words, we are always receiving reminders not to locate our identity on things that are impermanent.
“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul.” (Mark 8:36)
“To yield means both to lose and to gain … I yield, and my being increases and takes form by having been given up in this way.” — M.C. Richards