“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
Urgency, such a common word these days. An extremely common word for me, certainly. We are so busy, so occupied all the time that we’ve come to the point of finding the phrase: “time flies” painfully common and experiencing little sense of dread after saying: “indeed”. The truth is that time does fly, every fleeting moment slipping like sand through our fingers, like water, impossible to hold its flow, and there is absolutely nothing you, me or anyone can do about it.
“You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.” ― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
I had never experienced true turbulence in a flight ever until yesterday, it’s just horrible, any moment could be your last. What are we to do then?!
We are only left with the alternative of making the best out of our lives, in whichever way we can manage (hard to do in this “comparing- yourself-all-the-time-world”, but that’s for another Chautauqua). Yes, of course, I know, and I’m sure you do too but being so damn busy all the time does not help, does it? Carpe Diem. How can we ever truly seize the day? How can we ever truly live with barely any time in our hands?
Take a moment to think about our health, not yours, but generally. Think about how many people die from heart disease. More people die from heart disease than from car accidents, it’s absolutely insane. We treat this problem with pills, with surgery and with money, a lot of money. Don’t you think it’s just ludicrous that a problem that could be solved with a proper diet is expected to find its solution in knives and dollars?!
That right there is the problem with living an “urgent life”. Killing small fires do not stop the fire, you have to get to the cause.
Our lives are not so different. Killing small fires like madmen and expecting the whole house not to fall completely. While you are busy solving one problem, ten more will pop up, just like the hydra. How do you kill the hydra, how can you reclaim your most precious asset, time?