Back to reality?

Posted on January 2, 2011


Today is the last day of the Christmas break, but we should stop short of calling tomorrow “back to reality.”

Because to say that is to submit to the worldview that work comprises our entire reality, when in fact work is but a part of it. Are vacations – the time we spend with our family and friends – any less real than the time we spend in the office? Yes, vacations are temporary – but who ever said that work isn’t? Everything in life wears away.

How we wish vacations like this would last forever – mirroring our desire to live and be happy for eternity. This is a state that we cannot enjoy, unfortunately, as long as we remain in this world.

Life on earth is not our final destination. We are all pilgrims on a journey, and as long as we are, we are bound for a series of hellos and goodbyes. The key to a happy life, therefore, is not to fixate on anything. It is to pass by each moment, relish the experience, then take another look, say thanks, and move on to the next.

The right attitude for tomorrow is not “back to reality,” but “life goes on.”

*This entry is an updated version of my Facebook note on the first Sunday of last year, January 3, 2010, when I was still working at Probe. With this footnote, the last sentence of the second paragraph especially rings true.