Civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If a man has not discovered something he will die for, he is not fit to live.” That is a strong statement, yet so true.
Isn’t it obvious that most people go through life without actually living a life? In their philosophy, living is about eating, sleeping, dressing fashionably, making money and growing older. Wrong philosophy that is! Some trim their weights, tone their skin colour, stay on diets and exercises to keep fit – to stay alive. But I always ask, What do they do with the life they are dying so hard to keep?
Considering King’s statement, have you discovered a good cause that you can go the extra length to sacrifice your career, happiness and even life for? A good cause, here, means it’s for the good of others, first.
Is there something in you that burns always to make you want to release the best for others even when you are not being paid? Have you found that thing that makes you feel you can fly even without an airplane? What are you really living for that you can as well die for?
Norman Cousins remarked, “Death isn’t the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live.” Don’t let that beautiful gift in you die while you’re supposed to be giving it out to the world. HAVE A PASSION FOR SOMETHING. Let me quickly add, “The most boring life on earth is a life without passion for something.”
The Truth still remains, “Those who are willing to lose their life for a good cause will always find and have that life in abundance.”
Zion Emmanuel Obeten is a Nigerian Banker