“This was why the ancient bade us to lead the highest, not the most pleasurable lives, in order that pleasure might not be the guide but the companion of a right thinking and honorable mind.” – Seneca
The good life, easy street, all of the things we indulge in. These are not what life is about but somehow we find ourselves chasing them. We indulge in the newest technology, in order to share pictures of our latest vacations with all of the people we refer to as friends on social media. We indulge in new cars, bigger homes, and the right clothes to keep up with all of the people we associate with.
Sometimes we even choose to indulge in the pleasures of the flesh, the intoxicants, the fleeting arrangements between consenting adults.
And still we feel directionless, we reach a point in our lives where we struggle to determine what we’ve done, where we are going, how we are going to achieve the dreams we had at the onset.
We knew better all along. We knew that we should have been on a better path but we were afraid of missing out. We were afraid we wouldn’t get the chance to enjoy ourselves along the way. We allowed that fear to push us into giving pleasure the driver’s seat rather than controlling the little bit in this life we have control over. And when we get to where we were headed, we aren’t happy with the destination.
Instead we can stop here. We can step back a little bit, detach from our situation and assess it honestly. We can choose the things we would like to improve on and we can start down that path. There will still be pleasure but on this path we will know that it is fleeting, we will know that we have earned it.
And we will enjoy it all the more.
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