“Now is no time to think of what you do not have.
Think of what you can do with that there is”
When Musonius Rufus was exiled from Rome, he would use that time to help the others who were also exiled. He found them an underwater spring and stated how man usually turn out better when exiled than they do whilst at home.
He came out with something along the lines of ‘When your at-home how often you see the world, how often do you see all your friends’
(Not an exact quote) but it means that you will never have everything at any one time so make do with what you have.
When we focus on what we don’t have, we lose sight of all we do. We lose sight of all the possibilities that are at hand.
We become blinded to desire.
There is so much at your fingertips.
Evil is Whatever DistractsFranz Kafka
I happened to stumble upon that quote whilst being distracted.
Distractions do nothing but take away time from doing something meaningful and take away time from our life as a direct result of that.
Distractions don’t allow us to get any Deep Work accomplished as Cal Newport would say, and what we’re left with is half-arsed work that doesn’t match our true potential.
Distraction don’t challenge our minds they just merely keep them entertained so we don’t have to do too much thinking.
Distractions are evil because they drain our life ever so slowly we don’t even realise it until its too late
The to-do list is endless…
But time isn’t
There is so much that we want to do in the short time we have.
Yet we spend most of it working, on our devices and when it comes to doing some if the to dos other than work,
We dont feel like doing them.
So we browse the tv or the social media
To take our mind off the fact that we have so much to do at work the next day,
But with each day we add to our lives we’re also subtracting from it too
So the more we put off doing something that would lift our spirits the less time have to enjoy them if we eventually got round to them.
Time isn’t endless so you might as well do something you might enjoy once in a while rather than put it off.
Bad chapters can still create great stories
Real life isn’t a movie or a book so that magical ending isn’t going to automatically happen,
But if you keep pushing through your struggles, through the hard times
Then you can turn this bad chapter into a great story but not if you settle this chapter for the ending.
Live until you die
Dan Millman (Sacred Journey of The Peaceful Warrior)
Live until you die, meaning dont just get by but actually live with meaning,
In the book quoted above there is one story where Dan and his mentor at the time are walking down the beach and their is loads of washed up star fish,
Dan’s mentor starts to pick up a starfish and walks it to the sea, then another and another,
Dan says this is pointless we’ll never save them all,
His mentor replies yeah but to this one it makes a difference
The late Chadwick Boseman made 9 movies whilst battling cancer, having surgery and chemo,
Performing his art, inspiring the next generation whilst fighting for his life
That’s living till you die.