Paradox of Life

by Patrick Liew on August 27, 2018

Paradox of Life

As you travel on the journey of life, you seek all manners of wealth and riches. In the final hours, they matter little to you.

You pursue personal achievement and success but you cannot carry them beyond your grave.

Who you are and what you have accomplished cannot extend another minute of your life.

What you strive and fight for will not matter. Vengeance, hatred, and resentment will become meaningless in the grand scheme of life.

Failure and success will not be important anymore. All your dreams and aspirations will disappear.

Everything that you have acquired will be passed on to some other people.

Whatever you carry with you will be buried or cremated together with your body.

The things which you hold dear will eventually be buried in the sands of time.

The paradox of life is that what really counts oftentimes cannot be counted.

What truly matters may not be made of matter.

What really counts in your life is not just your capability,
but also your character.

It’s not just about your tenacity,
but also about your integrity.

It’s not just about the image you portray, but also about what others perceive of you.

It’s not just about recognition you seek, but also the respect you earn from others.

It’s not just about what you have done, but also what became of you and the others after you have done it.

It’s not just about the quantity of your possession, but also the quality of your contribution.

It’s not just about the position you hold,
but also your compassion for people.

It’s not just about having more power,
but also whether you have passion to help people around you.

It’s not just about what you have, but also what you gave.

It’s not just what you have achieved, but also what others have received from you.

It’s not just about prestige, but also the privilege to serve a wider community.

It’s not just about the pleasure of life, but also the treasure that will outlast a lifetime.

It’s not just about what you will miss in life, but also whether people will miss you when you are gone.

It’s not just about making a living, but also about living a life that makes a positive difference.

It’s not just about the kind of world you are living in, but also whether you will leave the world a better place than when you first came to it.

It’s not just about what you know, but also how you use what you know to turn the world around you into a better home.

Don’t just look forward in life, but backward too.

You need to work with our Creator to craft where you want to be and how you should live your life.

You need to then work backward to decide how you should journey in life, living out your dream in your mind and in your life.

Whatever happened in your life may not be the best.

However, you can make the best out of whatever has happened.

You can turn every stumbling block into a stepping stone.

Every pitfall can be a platform to live a worthwhile life.

The best way to live your life is to live it for others
and not just for yourself.

When you invest in a human life, you will live the best of life.

The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become.

When you hold tightly to material things, they will soon take complete hold of you. It will leave you drifting through a sea of meaninglessness.

Life is about giving yourself to what really counts in eternity.

If you live for such a higher cause, you will be lifted to a higher plane and fulfillment in life.

It’s time to change your life.

Change is not out there.

It’s within you.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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