April 06, 2010

The best things in life are free

Life is not easy … people are slogging every day hoping to make enough money to buy comfort for the rest of their lives. So engrossed in the rat race, they lost track of what really add values to their lives. They have to pretend and put on different masks to compete in the rat race, so much so that when they come home, they are not sure if it is really themselves they are looking at in the mirror. Life has become so complicated that people need sophisticated gadgets to keep track of themselves … emails, mobile phones, short messages services, blackberries and GPS ... even the computers are talking now. Scary isn’t it?

Confucious said “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”. How very true and in the complicated labyrinth that people created, many raced through so fast without noticing the simple things in their lives, forgetting to slow down and ask if they understand why they are doing what they are doing. Somehow, somewhere in the complicated race they forgot to be a father, a mother, a husband, a wife, a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter or simply just a friend.

Hey, slow down, take a step back and get out of the complicated race. You don’t really need to do so many things … less is more … it is the sweet, simple things of life that add real values. No need to spend time seeking beyond yourself to get all the things you wanted. Just take time to enjoy things you already have. Take it easy and make it simple. Take time out with the kids and dogs to play in the playground. Find time to hike up nearby hill, take a walk in the nature, stop and smell the flowers, look at the birds and enjoy the morning breeze. Cook a meal for the family or bake a cake to share with friends. Get some exercise or just relax and read a book.

Find time for all these very simple things. And they don’t cost a lot. As a matter of fact, many are free. Ever heard people say that the best things in life are free?


Kok Beng said...

Very wise saying indeed, Mr Shiek.

Shiek Eng Meng said...

Thank you Kok Beng for your comments ... I am glad that you share the same views :)

Anonymous said...

hi shiek,

i agree wt u tat nowadays especially young folks only know how to spend time in concrete jungles for shopping n movies, starbucks, spending most of the time in front of computer n sms. these r their so called hobbies or favourite passtime. it's really unhealthy.

to me, i think the culture v r in now is partly due to d role the parents play. nowadays most parents work n they hardly have time to spend quality time, except weekend, when they will go shopping wt their children. v dun c a lot of parents bringing young children to d nature park, camping or to d jungles. but lately i c a helathier trend, where i c quite a no of children follow their parents to broga hill or apek/saga hill. this is a healthy trend n should be fostered, as it exposes the children to nature n make them appreciate nature more n probably pick up trekking as a hobby.

one thing i admire d malay families is that they bring their children for picnic at d park, esp waterfalls. this is good as they spend quality in a natural environment.

u r rite. v should do simple things n admire those little things v take for granted. when i drive in klang valley n c mountians n hills far far away, i feel so happy n thank God for the beautiful nature he has created. i also feel happy to c trees even in d middle of the road tat divides opp direction. but honestly i hv hardly heard such compliment esp from city folks.

hope u do expose ur children to d nature as well.



Shiek Eng Meng said...


Yes, I do involve my family in outdoors/nature activities as often as I can.

Like you I hope more people especially the younger generation should learn to appreciate the wonderful nature.

I am glad we share the some common thoughts.

Again, would you care to introduce yourself? ... you can contact me at shiekstone@gmail.com.


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