Seneca, the Roman philosopher left you a supernal gift. You might be thinking, “Oh yeah, I heard that quote before,” Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
No, no my friend. He left you far more than that! He left you a book called, “On the Shortness of Life.” You probably haven’t heard of it yet because you’re too busy celebrating a “holiday.” Don’t worry, I’m here to help. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up. Read it and reread it, again and again. It will soon become the most relevant text you’ve ever encountered. It is perhaps the most important volume in my library.
I am endlessly fascinated at the rate in which we as humans squander our lives away. Look around you, how many people are playing a mind numbing game on their phone? How many are feeding the social media monster or incessantly scrolling through the media’s click bait?
In America we filled our calendar with a bunch of; okay I’ll say it, CRAP! Look at all those “holidays” and “special events.” Halloween, okay I can live with that. Groundhog day? Hmmm….okay maybe our fury friend can slip through the crack. But we need to draw the line somewhere! If Independence Day wasn’t enough fireworks for you, consider celebrating the following:
Administrative Professional’s Day: April 24
Armed Forces Day: MAY 18
National Bosses Day: OCT 16
United Nations Day: OCT 24
All Souls Day: NOV 2
Grandparents Day: SEP 8
Peace Day: SEP 21
Patriot Day: SEP 21
I suppose we need a special day for everyone and everything. Everyone gets a trophy!
THE CHALLENGE: Stop! Stop with all the nonsense! Read the book mentioned above and strive to live on purpose and on time. Live deliberately. Take charge of the one and only life you were given. Be honest with yourself and take an honest look at what you put on your “calendar”? If you fill the days with nonsense, then the sum of your life will be nonsense. If you fill it purpose and meaning and personal growth your life will be rich. It’s up to you!