August 13

“Therefore I declare to you: he is master over your life who scorns his own.” – Seneca

Not that we should scorn our own lives or have contempt for our lives in any way but we’d do well to remember that we do not control the outcome of most of life’s events. Including our own death.

By remembering that the external aspects of life are outside of our control and that it could all be taken away from us and we would still be able to make the best out of whatever was left behind we give ourselves the freedom to take risks that we might otherwise avoid. By knowing that we would still be ourselves if we lost what we currently consider to be everything, we are immune from the minor slights judgement from our peers might carry.

By understanding that our lives are short and the actual length is unknown but by looking at all of the life we have already lived as a part of our lives that has already died, we free ourselves up to make decisions we might otherwise avoid.

Fear of death, fear of judgment, fear of loss all rob us of the freedom to make decisions, to make bold moves. Sometimes this is a good thing. Sometimes hesitation and discretion are the right way to approach things.

But sometimes we need to remember that this life is short and we might need to take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself. Remembering that losing it all is just part and parcel for some of us keeps us free to make those moves.

virtus fortis vocat

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