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Seneca on the shortness of life (and the shortness of death)

Occasionally as we get caught up in the changes taking place in our lives, or during the course of new situations, we can stray from our personal philosophy and our the approach to our lives that helped us become who we are. It’s important to come back to the thoughts and ideas that matter most to you, the things you sometimes forget to keep in mind (and the things you’re obsessed about talking about to your class of English students)

There’s nothing that is more sure than the fact that life will end (Try. Can you name something more certain than that?). So keeping the words of Seneca in our mind occasionally reminds us of the shortness of life and how important it is to do the things we want (after self-examination) so we live the (short) life we want…

Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardships of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die. For this reason make life as a whole agreeable to yourself by banishing all worry about it. No good thing renders its possessor happy, unless his mind is reconciled to the possibility of loss; nothing, however, is lost with less discomfort that that which, when lost, cannot be missed.