Life is said not be a bed of roses and also not a bush of thorns but it all depends on one’s approach and importance attached to it so the bothering question to a discerning mind is how does one live a worthy and meaningful life. The phenomenon is not a matter of how long but how well and what impacts did one make during his or her terrestrial journey on this side of the great divide.

There is no gainsaying the fact that the best gift that any human being can get from God, the Supreme Being is life. It equally goes without saying that we all wish to live a life of success and accomplishments that will be exemplary to others both in our immediate and remote communities. Long life, no doubt, is quite good and it is our candid prayers that may it please God to preserve our lives to that we may ultimately enjoy the fruits of our labor and that our efforts both big and small will never go into the drains of vanity.

We should, however, be mindful of the fact that it is not how long one lives on earth but how well and the impact we have and the difference we make in changing the course of humanity in our own modest way. No matter how we may see it, life is just a hyphen between two glaring dots and that means the day we were ushered into this great terrestrial divide by birth and the day we return to our benevolent maker through everlasting transition or death if you like.

There are quite some people that lived for 70, 80, 90 years and possibly a century and went back to their makers just as if they never came at all. The case in point here is someone like Methuselah who the Holy Books said lived for more than 960 years on earth without any notable accomplishment and at the same time there are some that lived for a shorter period of time say 40, 50, 60 years and after they crossed to their other side of life their memories still remain evergreen and indelible in the minds of the people in both immediate and remote communities. We can see here the factor influencing the lives of both set of people is what they were able to donate to the world while they were alive.

It is an obvious fact that when we slept last night we were no longer conscious of the goings-on in our surroundings and that means that whenever death comes knocking at the door, no Jupiter on earth can stop it from doing its work and that is the reason why we should all do our best to ensure that we make quite a meaningful impact in the lives of whoever comes our way and that, no doubt, is the essence of human peaceful co-existence.

Each day we are opportune to see the light of the day, it is always good to take a good stock of our life, ask conscientiously answer ourselves these very cogent questions: Are the goals we set for ourselves being met? Is our purpose on earth being fulfilled? Has life been good or bad to us and what are the reasons? A true answer will enable us to adjust our way in order to be on the right path to a better life.

Author's Bio: 

Ade Adenekan, the Executive Director of Pan-African Reconciliation Center (PARC) and the African Center for Peace Education and Training (ACPET) is a Self-Improvement blogger and enthusiast. If this piece is of interest to you, there is a free video on how to enjoy the type of health wealth and happiness that some people only dream about. Grab it and many other opportunities at