We all just characters in a play
We have our roles to play Just acting out each day Hoping we see another day But our role is not guaranteed Our contract might not get renewed Once the curtain is called We leave an empty stage for our permanent retirement Let us act out each day As if it was our last performance Because we’re only as good as our last dance So lete not get stage fright So we can take our character to new heights So when the curtain finally gets called We can call it good night And peacfully retire. Knowing we performed our hearts out and did our character right We all just characters in a play We have our roles to play Just acting out each day Hoping we see another day
We book a holiday and all we do is look forward to it,
We imagine ourselves sat on a beach with a cocktail, or seeing a world famous site whilst we go about our boring daily lives We get excited about going to a party or a meal with so and so and once again this consumes our mind But the time in between planning the thing and actually doing the thing matters just as much Yeah you may be looking forward to your holiday or whatever but are you not equally looking forward to another day. Instead of daydreaming about what you could be doing in 2 weeks time you could be enjoying the taste of your food or the sites around you The things we do in between are the important stuff because they take up the majority of our lives and to be honest they’re pretty amazing if you learn to appreciate them
“Not to live as if you had endless years ahead of you. Death overshadows you. While you’re alive and able, be good.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
My favourite Stoic principle is Memento Mori,
It means Remember Death or remember you will die…
On the surface, it sounds morbid, but it serves as a reminder for when we’re procrastinating and putting off till tomorrow,
When we step out of the house or go to bed,
Go for a walk or just simply go to work…
Whatever it is, It might be your last time doing it,
It helps us stop procrastinating and so that we get that important shit done,
It reminds us that when we’re out with our friends and family to actually enjoy the time you spend with them instead of checking your likes on Facyb (I heard someone refer to Facebook as that…)
Whatever it is that you’re doing today…
I finally got my brothers art framed… –
I had him draw up copies from Ryan Holidays –
Daily Stoic store,
These two Pictures
‘Memento Mori’ & ‘The Dance of Death’ could seem pretty morbid to the outside world, But when you break down the meaning they are very motivational…
‘Mento Mori’ – Meaning Remeber Death
‘The Dance of Death’ has a skeleton holding a crossbow with the caption
‘“Ma flesche (asseure toy) n’espargnera personne
Vous danserez trestout ce balet, que je sonnne”
Which translates to
“My arrow (I promise you) spares no one
You will all dance the ballet of which I sing”
– Meaning that we are all dancing to the ballet of life, Avoiding the Arrow… But one day as promised we will not be spared.
The Dance Of Death
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Funny story about today..
I got up really early to drive 45miles to get to a shift ive been rostered in for ages.. I get there and theres another lad there..
He was was also rosterd in.. however i had been taken off without any email or anyone telling me so another 45miles back..
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