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Live Deeds not in years
Posted Date: 10-Oct-2009
"We live in deeds, not years. In thoughts not in figures. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most feels the noblest, acts the best." The proverb means that the value of a life depends, not on the number of years one may live, but on the number of good deeds one may perform. The duty of good deeds is laid on man by the very fact of his being the best creation of God. Indeed he has been endowed with the choicest blessings of his creators.
The favor best owes on man implies that God desire him to make the best possible use of it, that is, use it for the good of the world. In that way man can be true to his creator and to himself too. He may die young; but if he has done something noble, his death will be deeply mourned by all and he will be remembered for long years to come. Jesus Christ, Keats, Shelley, Vivekanada have become immortal though they all died very young. If, on the other hand, a man uses his gifts for self-interest only there would be quite in vein, however ling it may be, and he will die unwept, uncoloured and unsung.
So the main object of every life should not be merely to live in years, but to fill it, however short, with good and noble deeds to the best of one's power and ability. We are born alone, we live alone, and we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moments that were not alone. Ben Johnson has rightly said, "In short measures life may perfect be." he compares and contrasts a short-lived lily and an oak, which lives for hundreds of years. A lily offers unique beauty for a day, with which it captivates the hearts of the beholders but an oak is ugly and wooden.
Its large size or long lives are poor substitutes for a short period. The same is the case with dewdrops, sunshine etc. But they leave an indelible impression upon the heart, such that we realize that "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". Beauty is a nine days' wonder, but its impression upon the mind is ever lasting. A short life spent in the service of humanity is better than a long life spent in a self-centered sequestered corner.
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