Thousand lives

The saying goes that some live one life during their lifetime while others live thousand lives. What does living thousand lives mean?.

Its not cloning yourself obviously. But when I look around, I can identify people who lived thousand lives. Here’s how I identify them

1. They are happy with their life (contentment)
2. They do multiple things and enjoy doing it (versatility)
3. They fail but don’t let that affect what they do (optimism)
4. They have supreme self confidence (confidence)
5. They look at each experience as learning (curiosity)
6. They never grow too old for anything (enthusiasm)

Its difficult to find all the above in an individual and its not necessary. 2-3 out of the 6 will do.
What eventually matters is the richness in how you live.

The surprising part is that I have seen “thousand-lives” people across the wealth and fame spectrum. Many are poor and unknown. But to them, their lives and how they live it is what matters.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Bala, very well said!

    unfortunately could’nt see all except a couple of episodes of ‘The Happiness Formula’ on BBC, which were really good. If you have the time, do take a look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/happiness_formula/default.stm, which is also good.
    rgds../Bones
    ps: one thing for sure jul/aug 2008, I will go back to Bhutan after ten years for a couple of weeks with my family.