Tick tock….Tick tock….Tick tock….

“Darling can you please hurry up, we are getting late! .. what! 5 minutes?? That’s what you said half an hour ago!”

Why do ladies soo long to dress up?? I guess it’s an age old question which is yet to be answered! I am sure most us can relate to such situations in our lives, especially the guys.
But stop to think about it – aren’t we all running late for this meeting or that meeting or something? Unintentionally we all are running a never ending race. We are all worried about filling our pockets and living a comfortable life, but we tend to forget that the faster we run, time runs even faster. And then BANG! One day the – clock…stops…ticking ….

Once there was little boy – Nissanka – who hailed from a family of seven children. He dreamt of living “HAPPILY EVERY AFTER” just like in a fairytale. Living happily ever after was but a mere dream because Nissanka had to give up school and find a job. He worked day and night, not caring for himself. He wanted to see his brothers and sisters have the life that he had only dreamt of. He left his home country in search of greener pastures. Every penny he earned was for his family.

Then the time came for Nissanka to tie the knot and say the words “I do”. Ten months later was one of the happiest moments in his life. A beautiful baby girl was born and three years later God blessed him with a baby boy. He returned back home to spend time with his family. But life was not easy. Money was hard to come by. Living one day at a time was a battle by itself. Finally Nissanka decided that he had no choice but to painfully leave his family once again. Days, months, years went by. Expenses at home increased. He didn’t realize that 15 years had gone by, and when his daughter decided to tie the knot, he finally decided to head back home. He was eagerly waiting to spend time with his children. But exactly one year, the unthinkable happened. The little boy’s…clock…stopped…ticking.

This is the story of Nissanka – my dear father in law who was like a father to me. As I gazed at this coffin one last time, with my wife crying her heart out in my arms, I realized, he lived his life, first for his brothers and sisters and later for his son and daughter. Their happiness was his happiness. He lived a selfless life dedicated to others. He left behind an everlasting legacy that could never be erased.

He gave the greatest gift anyone could give their children, he believed in them when they felt there was no hope. He didn’t tell them how to live life, rather he lived and let them watch him do so. He showed me that happiness never comes after, but rather happiness is in living in the moment.

Even though he lived only for 51 years he left behind an everlasting memory. A memory carved within our family. My friends, what is the point of living life if we don’t share it with others? What’s the point of fattening our bank accounts and running behind fame and fortune? The point is ….. When the clock… stops… ticking… we leave behind nothing but our legacy.

How do you want people to remember YOU? As a hero or as a villain? What is your legacy?

The most important things in life are not things, but rather, life is about the moments that take your breath away. Abraham Lincoln once said “it’s not the years in your life that count rather the life in your years.”
I emphasize that time does not wait for anyone. It does not care whether you follow it or waste it, or simply say I wish I did this, I wish I did that. As each day passes by, as each hour passes by, as each minute and each second passes by, what legacy do you want to leave behind? Because, remember, the clock is ticking….
Tick tock…. Tick tock…. Tick tock….

Author: Lalindra De Silva

Lalindra is the Finance Director at Global Teas and Commodities(K)Ltd. He is a passionate leader and communication enthusiast and is the President of Kericho Gold Toastmasters Club.

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