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May 13, 2017

Essays for IBPS PO 2017 - We Live in Deeds, Not in Years

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We Live in Deeds, Not in Years

The proverb 'we live in deeds, not in years', means that longevity of one's life is not measured in the number of years one lives, rather it is measured by the good deeds done by one throughout his life. Human life is a gift of God and comes with an expiry date. Death is the ultimate eternal truth. The only difference is that some men live a long life and some die young. A short life can be made glorious by virtuous deeds. It is much better than a long life which is of no use to others. A noble life backed by the virtues makes an individual immortal.


Life is not about mere existence in this world. Age should not be the criterion of life. Instead oneshould leave a mark on other's lives with his good deeds. Bhagat Singh was hanged to death at a young age. However, even today he is remembered as a true patriot who sacrificed his life for the nation. Swami Vivekananda and Shakaracharya are some other famous people who have lived a short but worthy life. All these great men are remembered for their noble deeds and great achievements in their respective fields. Their lives have been an inspiration to many.

All the living beings on this earth are the creations of God. The purpose our life should be to do good to others and help them. If throughout our life we are unable to do any good to others, then that life is worthless. A selfish person may live a long life but after his death, nobody remembers him. If at all someone remembers him, it is for his selfish attitude and vices. Good deeds, moral values, and virtues should be the cornerstone of our lives.


A long life is a blessing from God. In order to make the best use of this blessing, we need to spend the life productively by helping others. In this way, even after one's death, one becomes immortal.


It is true that life and death are not in one's own hands and are guided . by the will of Almighty. But making our life valuable and worth remembering is definitely in one's hands. One _must set short and long term noble goals and work in order to achieve them. Noble deeds are not about giving a lot of money in charity.

One should always remember that good deeds only live after us. Everyone should try to do something useful for the society so that we may be remembered even after we have left this world for ever.

It has much more dimensions to it. Small deeds such as being kind and polite to others, helping the needy, and teaching the poor children etc are some of the noble deeds that one can do daily. The human life is about selfless actions, gestures and deeds. We all need to strive in order to make the best use of the precious gift of life. Always remember, one crowded hour of a glorious life worth than age without a name or a good deed.

Difficult Words with Meanings :
  • Eternal everlasting, never ending
  • Virtuous morally correct or upright
  • Criterion basis, yardstick
  • Patriot nationalist, loyalist
  • Vices an immoral or wicked characteristic
  • Cornerstones foundation, base
  • Dimensions aspects or features
  • Strive attempts, try hard.
shared by Nisheeta Mirchandani
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