Someone sent me this in an email some time back.. i thought it is kinda meaningful and have been wanting to post it on my blog..

Only by having the courage to give up something, will you have the opportunity to accept greater things.

Let me share with you how to achieve the lifestyle you rightfully deserved.

One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being.

While we are home, our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at the office. And when we are at the office, we find ourselves worrying about problems at home.

We go through the day without really listening to what others are saying to us. We may be hearing the words, but we aren’t absorbing the message.

As we go through the day, we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities. We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by.

We go through the day rather than getting something from the day. We are everywhere at any given moment in time except living in that moment in time.

Lifestyle is learning to be wherever you are. It is developing a unique focus on the current moment, and drawing from it all the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer.

Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset. Lifestyle is listening to silence. Lifestyle is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are and of what we are in the process of becoming.

Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.

Everyday, we work hard at work and seek every single opportunity to excel so as to attain recognition for our work and the pay we truly deserved. We need money to buy that condo, that luxurious saloon car, that European overseas holiday, dine and wine at high places, etc, etc. The list just goes on and on, without ending. To us, that is the lifestyle we are working towards to. We are so caught up in the rat race to realize that we are now trap in a merry-go-round.

Imagine you being a dog chasing after its own tail. No matter how hard or fast you run, the tail will always be in front of your nose. After we got that condo, we hunger for that freehold property. After we had that luxurious saloon car, we long for a European executive car fitted with full leather seats. It’s a never-ending chase, yet we perceived that as a lifestyle we are after. We feel we need to attain certain material standards to achieve the lifestyle we deem as fit for ourselves.

That mindset actually distorts the truth about lifestyle. Lifestyle is an experience, a way of meaningful living. Lifestyle is being peaceful yet never boring; being busy yet never stressful. Maybe you should just take a step back and enjoy the serenity of a quiet stroll in the park. Forget about that new car or new apartment. Only by having the courage to give up something, will you have the opportunity to accept greater things.

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