MORE IDEAS FROM THEBOOK
"There's only one way we can say that the life we live is long: if it's enough."
"I look upon (my life) as though it could be my last."
Don't delay the things you want to do when you retire or when you think you will have the time to do it. Live immediately.
"Nothing can be of such great benefit to you, in your quest for moderation in all things, that to frequently contemplate the brevity of one's life span, and its uncertainty. Whatever you undertake, cast your eyes on death."
Accepting that death is an inevitable part of the process and preparing for the end of life (and that it could happen any time) is key.
"Life is granted with death as its limitation; it's the universal endpoint. To fear it is madness, since fear is for things we're unsure of; certainties are merely awaited."
When we fear or worry about something, we are living through it twice. So, why fear something that's inevitable?
"Death is as near as it can be...The thing we call dying, the moment when the soul leaves the body, is too quick for the speed of its exit to be felt. You fear for so long that which takes only a short time!"
Just being aware of how quick death is can help break the shackles of our fear.
"Once shaken and overthrown, the mind becomes a slave to that which drives it. Just as bodies in freefall have no power over themselves and cannot resist or slow their descent, but the unstoppable downrush cuts off every thought and regret. Anger is like freefall gravity."
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was the last famous Stoic philosopher of antiquity. He faced one of the worst plagues in European history.
During the Antonine Plague, he wrote a book, known as The Meditations, which can be viewed as a manual for developing the mental resilience skills required to cope with a difficult situation.
Death doesn’t make life pointless, death makes life worth living. Sometimes the discussion about the meaning of life serves no purpose besides distracting you from the answer, which is found in front of you when you live your life.
When you wake up, pretend today is your last day and live life as you would in this circumstance. And don’t just think, do.