Paul seems to hate the notion that he lived his life in vain. To some degree we all do. I believe it’s a very elementary feeling that we hate death; some of us strive to leave a legacy behind in an attempt to defy death. According to the first chapters of the book of Genesis we weren’t wired to die. Death came after the fall of man, and to this day we struggle with the reality of our own passing.
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul makes a point that our life will be worth our while if we zero in on our attitudes. A negative attitude seems to render all our doings worthless or even harmful. It’s much more gratifying to be 100% behind our actions, big and small alike. If we don’t notice the blessings right away, we will certainly see it looking back. A positive attitude makes a significant difference and also happens to be contagious. A great legacy to leave behind!