The philosophy of Stoicism is steeped in actionable advice that we can apply to nearly all aspects of our lives. There are several that have been influential on me and my development over the years.
Today’s favorite quote comes from Seneca the Younger, from his essay, On the Shortness of Life.
It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing.Seneca. On the Shortness of Life. I.
WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME
So often in life, we are wrapped up in non-essential tasks. It could be in relation to our personal lives or in business. It could be spending time on social media or browsing through emails, or just wasting time watching TV. And then, we get to the end of the day, or week, or month and complain we didn’t have enough time for X, Y, or Z. But Seneca reminds us that we have plenty of time. We have time to do good and accomplish all we want. We just have to remember the importance of time and utilize it to our advantage. I often refer back to this quote time and time again if I feel like I am not being as productive as I need to be and then begin to analyze things within my life I have wasted too much time on.
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