Saturday, November 28, 2009

Life is a gift. Alhamdulillah

Having celebrated Hari Raya Haji without my parents in town was a little bit different this year. Mixed feelings actually. Not having grilled beef and gulai - now that's another story altogether. Alhamdulillah, they are safe and happily performing their hajj in Mekah and I must say, it's left me contemplating about life.

Life is indeed a gift. But I leave you with a very profound quote:

"Life is not always or only a gift. Life is also a test. A crucial element of this test is how life itself might be improved so as to lessen suffering, improve capacity, enhance abilities, and extend the duration of every desirable aspect of life itself. This is the lesson of life. This is how the test is well-met. The true gift of life is to make it better than it was when first received."

Mike LaTorra aerves on the Board of Directors of the IEET, and writes and teaches in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, He is author of A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao. He serves as President of the Daibutsuji Zen Temple.
Full story here:

Something I found very relevant and current. Learnt somethings from Season 4 Heroes as well. From Hiro's character where he positively said that life is also short & precise. Hence, to make the most out of it.

Back to the quote by Mike LaTorra above, it comes a time when our hearts have to have a purpose in life and from this purpose, then, will our physical bodies move forward. Same goes with his saying that we have to "make it better than when it was first received". And having read his whole article, I come to realize that life can be taken negatively as well, when we are "given" sicknesses and illnesses that cannot be cured. That's when we ask ourselves, whether life is truly a gift or not. But, when all's well and nothing's wrong with life, we fail to thank the people we love, the friends and family around us, thank God and everything/everyone around us. And with this thanks and jealously eliminated, we can live - life :D

Therefore, life being a test - many tests by God, is also something quite profound whom my wife often times reminds me that, "God won't ready/give you tests that you can't pass", so hang in there and love life.