The True Nature of Striving

In our world today, many define their worth by success markers – the money in their account, the trophies on their shelf, or the titles on their business cards. It’s easy to get caught up in the metrics of success, achievement, and performance. But what happens when these become the sole focus? Often, a lingering emptiness follows.

This isn’t to say that achieving is wrong. Achieving goals, performing at our best, and finding success are all commendable. But when these are the only benchmarks for our life’s value, it can feel a bit hollow.

Imagine a different perspective: viewing life as an ongoing masterpiece, a work of art in progress. Instead of asking, “How much did I earn?” or “How far did I get?”, consider, “How have I shaped my life today?” or “What colors did I add to my canvas?”

Christ, Buddha, Muhammad, and modern-day heroes like Gandhi and Mother Teresa stand as testaments to lives led with purpose and passion. Their lives weren’t just about individual milestones but about messages, values, and leaving legacies of change.

There’s a subtle paradox here. When you shift your focus from merely achieving to genuinely creating a meaningful life, achievements tend to follow more naturally. It’s not about what you can gain, but about how you exist, how you resonate with others, and the beauty you bring into the world.

“Life isn’t about the amount of breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.” – Unknown

Reflect on this: In the Bible, it is said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The essence of this passage speaks volumes about the balance we should seek in life between achievement and true fulfillment.

Let your life be a work of art, with every day a new brushstroke, every challenge a shade that adds depth, and every joy a vibrant splash of color. Remember, striving is not just about reaching a destination, but about crafting a journey worth every step.