Friday, October 9, 2020

Little Things That Matter

Little Things That Matter


In today’s world, it has become either obvious or rather confusing as to what are the things that matter most to us. On one side we work hard towards things that we feel matter the most, but we are less content post achieving them. On the other hand, we sacrifice things that don’t matter to us and later regret the things we missed out on in our lives. We live in a world where materials are more important than people and the economy is more important than lives. Just a few decades ago, it was never this way. Before independence the only thing that mattered to us is freedom. Today we have our own goals and ambitions to achieve that there are many little things that actually matter most to us in life are either ignored or at the back burner of our lives. We need to make a conscious effort to do the things that we used to do naturally earlier else we will have all the money and success to live our life with comfort but there will be no one around us to comfort us. Here are 5 things that I believe matter the least to us, but should actually matter the most.

Relationships: Now a day’s relationships are made based on expectations. There used to be a time when a relationship was the only thing that mattered during the barter trade system and when people used to live in joint families in the earlier days. Today families have become nuclear and when we talk about relationships it's more about transactions and less about emotions. As rightly said by Milton Glaser “Relationship is the most fundamental and important thing that must matter to humans. Fame, fortune, reputation etc none of these things matter if there is no relationship for you to share these things with” We need to understand that relationships cannot be based on logic else it becomes an illusion. The foundation of any relationship is trust and how you maintain that trust throughout its lifetime.

Family: We have always been taught by our parents and grandparents that family comes first. In the previous generation when our parents were born, the whole intention of having a family was financial and emotional security. Planning a family was just a routine so that they could ensure that there is someone to take care of them when they get old. Today having a family is either a compulsion due to societal pressures or an option as it is another form of responsibility that takes the time from our lives that we need to achieve our goals in life. We fail to understand what good is a career or success if you are not able to share it with your family. Family is supposed to be a pillar in our lives that keeps us rooted and not let us go overboard when it comes to making big decisions in life. We fall back on them during hard times for guidance and failures for emotional and moral support. Family is the only thing that matters when the world decides to let go of you in some way or the other.

Time: There is a quote by Douglas Adams, "Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so". Time is tangible. Something that is slipping through our fingers like sand. The moment we wake up in the morning to going to bed at night it's time that is flying away from our lives. Making the best use of time is very critical today as time once lost will never be gained back again. There is no second chance here. Many of us think that being busy is the best way to utilize our time. However just because we are busy does not mean we are making the most of our time in hand. A busy day is a wasted life if you are doing things you do not wish to do in your life.

Principles / Priorities: Each one of us has our own lives to live and our own things to do that involves certain principles and priorities. Sticking to our principles and priorities can be the most difficult task to do in today’s generation where money and success dictates everything. There is so much diplomacy and external manipulation to go through, that at times we feel like giving up. This is the biggest challenge we will face throughout your life. However, it's worth sticking to our guts and doing what’s right is something that separates the boys from the men. It will not only make us feel proud of our accomplishments but also gives us a good night sleep at the end of the day.

Life: Life is, has been and will always be the most unpredictable element ever. However, we need to understand one basic fundamental thing about life. Life happens to us when there is some sort of energy given to the universe from our end as well. Every decision that we make will make some difference in our lives. It’s better that we keep life as simple as possible. The more we get into complexities, life will throw more complex issues back at us. Life does not expect too much from us as much as we expect from life itself. Life is the most magical and miraculous thing that can happen to anyone. We must experience life to the fullest and enjoy every bit of it, after all life happens just once in a lifetime. Many of us have still not learnt the art of appreciating life to the fullest including myself. We just go about saying this is life without understanding it completely. It takes a little bit of time and patience to understand life as it goes. It’s never too late to start a new life all over again with nothing. 

The little things matter most in our lives. They may be small or seem to be insignificant, however they add a whole lot of value in our upbringing and our lives. The earlier we give importance to them the most content you shall feel about your life. There is no better feeling than feeling content. It’s the most valuable asset that you can carry on your entire life and not be afraid of anyone stealing it from you as well. Hope this article adds up to your life and helps you in making your life seem more meaningful.

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Written by Jaison Noronha
Idea Source : Personal Experiences