“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander Time; for that’s the Stuff Life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of what truly matters. We often forget that time is our most valuable resource, and once it’s gone, we can’t get it back.
In this blog post, I’ll delve into the profound lessons I gained from the book “On the Shortness of Life” by Lucius Seneca. By examining the timeless wisdom of this renowned philosopher, we will uncover the significance of valuing our time and embracing the present moment to lead more fulfilling lives.
🕰️ Life is Long Enough.
You complain that life is short. Before you know it, it’s gone. But Seneca says that you make it short by wasting time on things and tasks that are meaningless. If you devote your time to the things you want to accomplish in life, your life is long enough.
🔒 Guard Your Time.
You guard your money and land. You lock your money in banks and put up fences in your yards. But you don’t guard your time the same way. You distribute time as if it were unlimited. You waste time as if it costs nothing, even though time on this earth is the only thing you can’t buy, and there is absolutely nothing more precious.
💧Time’s Like Water in a River.
Seneca says that time is like water in a river that flows quietly and never stops. It doesn’t remind you that it’s flowing. It rushes past when you’re idle and unaware. Unlike water in the river, your time on this earth is finite. It doesn’t flow on forever.
🎁 Live in the Present: The Here and Now
– When You Worry About Tomorrow, You Lose Today. –
Seneca says when you worry about tomorrow, you lose today. Even though this moment is the only reality you have, you lose it for things that are uncertain. If you value tomorrow more than today, you’ll never live.
Just like Ichiro Kishimi said in his book, “The Courage to be Disliked,” you need to shine a spotlight on the “Here and Now.”
📅 How Many Years Do You Have Left?
You know how many years you’ve lived. But you don’t know how many more years you have left. You live as if there’s no end. If you celebrate the years you have left on your birthday, you might live differently.
🏃♂️ Start Living Today. Don’t Wait.
You might wait until you retire to start living for yourself. But is there a guarantee that you’ll be healthy and live long enough to do the things you want to do? Why do you postpone living your life?
⌛ A Life Well Lived: The Importance of Time
– You May Exist a Long Time, But the Part of Life You Truly Live Might Be Very Short. –
This Seneca’s short book reminded me of an interview of José Mujica, former president of Uruguay.
“When I buy something, when you buy something, you’re not paying money for it. You’re paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money. The difference is that life’s one thing money can’t buy. Life only gets shorter. And it’s pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.”
– José Mujica
💡 Take Action Now!
Time is precious, and we must live fully in each moment. Prioritize what matters and eliminate distractions. To make the most of life, focus on the “Here and Now,” guard your time, and act now.
To start, take five minutes today to reflect on your priorities and identify one small step you can take to live more in the present.
Remember, every moment counts – don’t let time slip away.