Seldom do we set ourselves a goal in life. Our lives generally revolve around eating, sleeping, studying, partying and earning. Set in a gruelling routine, days, months and years pass and before we know it death stares us in the eye. Our lives are directionless and lack focus because we have not set any mission before ourselves.

Even if we find ourselves too old to set a goal in life, let us make a pledge that as parents or grandparents we will help our children and grandchildren do what we could not. We will help them in finding a purpose of life and not impose our own desires and wishes on them. They are independent human beings having their own personality. We should make them discover the talent they possess – the one God gave them when He sent them in this world. It is this talent which if unravelled at the right time will make them take the right decision regarding their purpose of life. It is not less than that Shakespearean tide:

 

There is a tide in the affairs of men.

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat,

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

 

Polishing their talent could become a purpose in life – however it is not an end. It is a means to and end. And that end is to expend that talent and use it for making their own living as well as to contribute part of it to the society ex gracia.

If this passion becomes their profession, then they should count themselves to be the luckiest people on earth!

____________