July 29

“For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed. Whatever years are behind us are in death’s hands.” – Seneca

It is amazing how much can be gleaned from looking at something we have always known in a new light.

When we start looking at our lives as a finite resource, one that for many of us has likely already been more than half spent, we start to see how important it is to make the most of what we have been given.

When we acknowledge that we have no idea how much of this resource we call life we actually have and therefore have no idea how much we might have left, it intensifies our need to make the most of whatever we have been given.

That’s not to say that our lives need to be some frantic attempt to cram in as much experience as possible before the clock runs out. Rather, we should waste no time in determining where our remaining time is best spent. What are the things that truly matter to us and what are the things we should likely remove from our lives altogether?

Once we’ve mastered that we’ll likely have no issue with seeing the passing of each day as a tiny dose of death. One that will eventually catch up with us.

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