Life is too Short

Reading Time: 1 minuteSeneca the Younger

“Life is too short to be too serious or too foolish.” – Thom Quinn

We do not experience time’s arrow as a constant. Instead, it always accelerates: each day it speeds up ever-so-slightly, traveling faster and faster. Additionally, this seemingly rapid ride is also very brief. I think Crowfoot (1830-1890), the great Blackfoot Chief, warrior, and orator expressed this same idea most eloquently near the end of his days when he asked “What IS Life?” and then answered:

“It is the flash of a firefly in the night.”
“It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.”
“It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

A great essay on this topic is On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It by the Roman Stoic Philosopher Seneca (Seneca the Younger).

Bottom Line: Do not be idle. Do not wait for tomorrow. Strive to create the best life possible as one never knows which day may be one’s last.

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