Self development, Stoic advice

Progress


We live quite calmly. Leaving many things, for tomorrow. the-persistence-of-memory-salvador-dali-4

How different would it be, if we knew we had an enemy on our backs, racing to trust his sword on our bellies?

Death is coming. 

As I begin to write this post, sitting in my chair to write in the evening, as usual. I opened Seneca’s letters to Lucilious on a random page and stumbled upon the chapter: “On progress”. What impacted me the most was his comparison of the enemy and death and how we distract ourselves with petty stuff, hindering progress in what truly matters.

If we go about our lives, postponing our work and art long enough, the enemy will surely come and we will not welcome him with open arms, knowing our duty here is done, but with fear and unease knowing we didn’t do our work.

Why do we postpone our lives? Can’t we see that there is no time?

This is why progress is fundamental to the happy life.

I might sound pretty anxious by now.

But what is the source of anxiety (fear) anyway?

Don’t you think that the source of anxiety is not the little time that we have but our neglection of not beginning to live, to do our work?

Hurry up and live

Seneca

Just about a week ago I wrote about the Resistance. The resistance work is impeding progress and progress is fundamental because what it means is that we are no longer postponing what needs to be done and what you know in your heart that you are destined for.

O when shall you see the timetumblr_ogy5dcjXAM1uj062xo1_500
when you shall know that time means nothing to you, when you shall be peaceful and calm, careless of the morrow, because you are enjoying your life to the full?

Seneca

Practice seeing yourself from this standpoint. If you knew, for sure, that you are going to die in 3 months from now, what would you be doing? What remains with importance in your life?

Memento Mori.

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