During an interview the Dalai Lama was asked what surprises him the most, his response was quite mind altering:
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
A pretty inspirational quote if you really take it in. We think the more we earn, the happier we’ll be. We live our lives in a destructive way and only to use money to fix it later. We save for the retirement that we may never make it to. It appears as though we live to work more than anything else. So don’t live for tomorrow, slow down and live for the now. Spend less time being workaholics and hang out more with our families.
But in reality, is it that surprising? We are not the Dalai Lama. Most of us do sacrifice in one way or another to work and earn a living. Most people do not live as though they will never die and then die without ever having truly lived. Most people do struggle – for their families, their friends, their businesses, for time to fulfill all their needs at the end of the day. There is nothing wrong to challenge yourself and work hard for a better tomorrow.
I provided Pope Paul VI’s quote below as a contrast to what the Dalai Lama had said:
“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”