RIP Or LIP, What Is More Important?
Having heard some bad news and lost in thoughts of the uncertainty of life, I felt the need to pen these thoughts of mine. All of us say RIP(Rest in peace) when someone is laid to eternal rest. Do we live in peace when they are alive? Many times we don’t realize the importance of LIP, living in peace and co-exist in peace rather than praying for RIP once we lose them to eternity.
Life is uncertain, so are the associated relations and pleasures. Everything could just turn upside down within a blink of the eye. All the treasures we build by working hard day and night tend to topple down when we are hit by the worst night mares of life like a terminal illness or death. We are engulfed in a myriad of emotions when we lose a dear one from family or friends. Slowly but gradually we try to pull ourselves back on track to lead a normal life. We miss the person terribly and can never get to experience the warmth of their companionship again. Life is never going to be the same again.
We take people alive with us and for us, so for granted. We pay a lot of attention to our egos, our work and our differences and don’t leave a stone unturned to prove we are always right. How I wish I could convince people to realize the fact that feelings and emotions are more important. There is a famous saying, “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel”. This is absolutely true. If we introspect ourselves, we can understand that this is so true for most of us. In our rat race, how many times we call up and speak to our parents and grandparents and try to understand them patiently? As we juggle with our daily routine of work, house, kids etc, a daily call from them sometimes annoys us, but is it all worth without them? Is it not important to slow down and spend a moment in peace in conversations which give us nothing but just the emotional strength.
Live in the present, treasure the moments you spend with family and friends. You will never get them back; you never know when will be your last time with them. We do a lot of research and homework on which gadget to buy, which car to buy, which house to buy, which shares to trade, where to invest etc. How many of us do a similar exercise to understand how to keep our parents happy, how to spend quality time with our family, how to let go of our egos and be respectful and empathetic with each other etc. We hardly do it. Reason, we don’t think there is a need for it and take them for granted. We are in a constant race to excel. We are busy drawing comparisons with everyone around and making our own mark. We think our luxuries, life style, assets are more important things to be taken care of while we are hale and healthy. By thinking so, we miss on the most important thing, our human relationships and emotional support we need to extend to each other.
All I feel is “Live in peace, exist in peace rather than worrying about resting in peace”. Do you agree? Share your thoughts too