Friday, December 3, 2010

A story in welcoming the Advent season





What's your goal in life? If you get there, will you really be satisfied? Tough questions, right? But isnt that what fulfillment in life is all about?

These are some stories of  famous people:


      George Eastman's goal was financial success. He got there too. In cameras shops the word over, you will find the yellow boxes of film made by the Eastman-Kodak  company. You see, George Eastman was a Scandinavian born inventor who had an idea: "You click the shutter and we do the rest." That idea turned rags into riches for Eastman, but reaching his goal didn't satisfy. Eastman lives in a 30-room ,mansion where a magnificent pipe organ was played during meals, but Eastman was far from happy.

    One morning he conferred with his business associates, then went to his room and scribbled these words on a piece of paper: "My work is finished. Why wait?" He then took a German Luger automatic and putting it to his head, he pulled the trigger.

    If accomplishment in life is your goal, then consider the life of Ernest Hemingway, He is an American author and journalist, A lot of people wish they could write like Hemingway does. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. He was famous for his character descriptions in works like A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and For whom the Bell Tolls.  But in summer of 1961 Hemingway "quite deliberately"  shot himself with his favorite twelve gauge shotgun, put the end of the barrel unto his mouth, pull the trigger and blow out his brain.
Obviously, a person can be tremendously talented and yet be unfulfilled and miserable.

    If fame or beauty is your goal in life, consider Marilyn Monroe. On August 5, 1962, newspaper told how this gifted and beautiful woman overdosed on chloral hydrate and nembutal- a drug which stopped her heart. The cause of her death is acute barbiturate poisoning resulting from a probable suicide. In the newspaper in that year editorialized, "Marilyn Monroe died Sunday proving that even $10,000 a week won't even buy peace of mind".

Money, achievement and fame, there has to be more, something which brings a quality life beyond these.

Friend, what's your goal in life? If you reach it, without God, there will always be an emptiness which will never completely satisfy. There is a place in the human heart which is God can only fill, and nothing short of a relationship with Him will satisfy. Life will be better and not so hard if we put God in our life.

"Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…
     It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."

2 comments:

  1. Very nice piece, I often wonder what non believers do in a crisis, with no prayer I can't believe there is ever a peace for them.

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  2. Hi molly thanks for visiting, yes i believe prayer is very powerful, it help me in a lot of ways, esp.if you pray the rosary.

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