H. W Longfellow wrote:
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time ;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
These beautiful lines from the poem “A Psalm of Life” are my favorite. And it’s when I am alone on a secluded beach that I truly reflect on the message that lies hidden between the lines with great profundity. We all are striving, struggling for something we consider most important in our lives—our career, family, lifestyle, spirituality. It’s the period of struggle spanning the time between our birth and death is what forms the flesh of what we call life.
The struggle is beautiful if we live mindfully. And to live mindfully, one must inculcate the idea that our lives are transient, and no one really lives forever, thus we must spend it to create footprints that will guide our next generation in the right way. That’s where a mortal human can achieve immortal existence.