HOW DO WE CLASSIFY A LIFE? By what means and by what measure? DO YOU CLASSIFY IT day by day or year by year? DO YOU CLASSIFY it by yesterday or by today? HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY A LIFE? By the dreams IMAGINED or by the hopes dashed? By the defeats and or by the victories, large and small? HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY A LIFE?
HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY A LIFE? DO YOU CLASSIFY it by the texts you send out or by the number that you receive? By the returned phone calls or by the unanswered phone calls? By the smiles given in the hallways or by the non-returned smiles? HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY A LIFE?
HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY A LIFE? DO YOU CLASSIFY it by the number of friends you have gained or lost? By the helpful discussions participated in? By the friends gathered around you, by the support that you share? HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY A LIFE?
Sooner or later we all will have to determine for ourselves what success and what failure are. We have to transform our perspective blindness, and will have to ESTABLISH OUR OWN TRUE STANDARDS. We have to think very deeply about what we want and what we need in life that will be the fundamental decency of the SOUL.
Warren Buffett said; “When you get to my age, you will CLASSIFY your life by how many of the people you want to have love you, actually do love you. That is the ultimate test of how you lived your life.”
Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.
I used to classify my life as just surviving (while hopefully still being able to show love). Now I’m thankful that I can classify it with joy, love and a grateful heart. I think Warren Buffet hit the nail on the head! Great post!
In reflection on this question I go to two perspectives. First, take a moment and breathe and feel how life is in this moment…through a daily practice, my conclusion is the same each time. Life is a gift and I now have a chance to feel gratitude for it. The second place I go, similar to Mr. Buffet’s perspective, is putting myself on my deathbed, the energy I put towards love and kindness will weigh itself heavily on this contemplation. If I was loving often, I will have lived a full life.