“This is our big mistake: to think we look forward to death. Most of death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death.” -Seneca
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Não precisamos ser, necessariamente, estóicos a fim de entender que "a virtude é suficiente para a felicidade". Dentre as maiores virtudes temos a humildade e o desapego. Estejamos sempre abertos às bênçãos que por ventura a nós sejam concedidas, mas também preparados para recebê-las sem arrogância e com a sabedoria de que as mesmas podem ser retiradas, e que isso não é um problema.
Le nostre cose abituali diventano scontate e ci dimentichiamo di esserne grati. La natura ci dona un beneficio dopo l'altro. Sii riconoscente perché non costa nulla e facilita l'aumentare la bellezza delle cose. Gli Indiani d'America erano accusati d'adorare la natura, ma era la Fonte dietro a queste cose che commuoveva sempre il loro spirito.
Noi rendiamo grazie al sole, che ha guardato alla terra con occhi generosi.
Having a #purpose , believing in yourself and #trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad of footpaths of those wandering in every direction, is what brings tranquility and peace in our life. Clarity of #vision allows us to have this belief. That’s not to say we’re always going to be 100% of everything or that we even should be. It’s about not constantly changing your mind due to new information or based on what others are doing. Instead #tranquility and peace of mind - something that is described by the Greek word ‘euthymia’, is identifying our path and sticking to it, staying the course, making adjustments here and there naturally, but ignoring distractions that misguide you to where other people are, but you don’t want to be. #staythecourse#focus#stoicism#seneca#quoteoftheday#inspiration
Look at this amazing organ! The Latin inscription „Res severa (est) verum gaudium“ from #seneca which means “The serious thing is the true joy” is the maxim of the #orchestra and stood in older times on the hall front side of the first and later on the gable of the second #gewandhausleipzig . Source: Wikipedia #schukeorgel#leipzig#musikstadtleipzig
Schaut Euch diese bestaunenswerte Orgel an! Die lateinische Inschrift „Res severa (est) verum gaudium“ von #seneca , welche bedeutet “Die ernste Sache ist die wahre Freude” ist der Leitspruch des Orchesters und stand vormals an der Stirnseite des Saales des ersten und später am Giebel des zweiten Gewandhauses. #gewandhausleipzig . Quelle: Wikipedia #schukeorgel#leipzig#musikstadtleipzig
1/5 "As the power of religion and social norms diminishes, life becomes more uncertain"
Do you ever feel anxious or insecure because of a lack of fulfillment in life? You’re not alone: this feeling is more common now than ever before.
Not long ago, the average person’s life was guided, or at least influenced, by the strict doctrines of religion. It might sound counterintuitive, but these strongly held beliefs about morality and the afterlife actually helped people feel more fulfilled.
The promise of an afterlife is especially grounding and reassuring.
Humans can put up with many of life’s harsh realities as long as there is something to look forward to. The devoutly religious can remain positive through the worst hardships because an infinitely blissful afterlife awaits them. But the waning influence of organized religion has shifted people’s outlook on life.
The twentieth century saw societies around the world moving away from many religious concepts. The myth was losing its strength. Suddenly, with the afterlife in question, people were struggling to make sense of the pain and suffering of life. Where is the reward that makes it all worthwhile?
So people began to fill this gap with the cheap thrills of modern society.
Deprived of the meaningful narrative provided by religion, many people felt an inner emptiness. And so, in an attempt to fill this void, more people turned to stimulants, like drugs, partying or overwork. These methods can provide distraction from the bigger existential questions kicking around in the back of your mind.
But what this constant stimulation is really doing is desensitizing you.
It can also lead to addictive behavior. Using alcohol to fill the void can quickly take you from beer to hard liquor as your tolerance levels rise. And this desire to increase intake mirrors what is happening in today’s society. We are chasing down more and more stimulation to make up for a lack of meaning in our lives 📚 Blinkist® #TheWisdomOfInsecurity#AllanWatts#wisdom#philosophy#knowledge#easternphilosophy#book#read#seneca#aristotle#marcusaurelius#plato#religion#purpose#fulfilling#life#meaningoflife#happiness#inspiration
2/5 "Busyness doesn’t equal fulfillment"
Say a ship left port and spent the next year being thrown about by a mighty storm. It would be inaccurate to claim that, during this time, it had steered a successful and purposeful course, even if it did make it safely back to harbor. Well, the same can be said of life.
Pitching, rolling and yawing aren’t substitutes for living. Of course, it’s important to plot a course and then stick to it, but it’s also worth remembering that not every path should be pursued.
Some people are happy to spend their lives tacking and jibing through the wind, constantly changing direction. They worry they’re not headed in the right direction and they pine for what they’ve left behind.
Other people, through sheer apathy, are happy to be buffeted about by the waves. They only stop drifting when they are too tired or too old to carry on.
And then there are those who devote their prime years to lust, greed and gluttony. They keep telling themselves that, someday, they’ll amend their ways – but they never do.
For some, by the time they feel that the moment is right, they’re too old or too weak to change their habits. For others, even if they could prolong their lives threefold, they still wouldn't change.
Worst of all, however, is to be borne away on the winds of somebody else’s preoccupations.
It’s pointless working for someone whose aims and convictions don’t agree with your own. Doing so is the surest path to a short life. When this happens, your obsessions and worries won’t even be your own, and you’re destined to run aground.
When stuck in such a situation, people moan that their boss or supervisor doesn’t listen to their wishes or opinions. But if these people can’t find the time to listen to themselves and pursue their own courses, why should anybody else? 📚 Blinkist® #seneca#book#read#knowledge#tailopez#life#philosophy#aristotle#wisdom#stoic#stoicism#bestseller#ontheshortnessoflife#meditation#summary#time#selfhelp#love#soul#marcusaurelius#wisdom#bookstagram#instabook#mind#ontheshortnessoflife#life#roman
Source:" Alcohol and Drugs in North America [2 volumes]: A Historical Encyclopedia"
By David M. Fahey & John S. Miller ⬛
"Born about 1735 "Handsome Lake" (Ga-nya-di-yoh) had distinguished himself in the wars of the latter 18th century, but in the aftermath of the American Revolution he became a drunk. After a drinking binge in 1799 Handsome Lake fell into a coma, and his family thought he was dead. But slowly he returned to consciousness and told of wondrous visions. Four guides communicated something he called the Good Message. The Iroquois ghosts told him that there were "four words that tell a great story of wrong", alcohol, witchcraft, love magic, and abortion." In his extended preaching on these four evil words, Handsome Lake made it clear that the words had symbolic as well as literal significance. Alcohol impoverished Iroquois peoples, thus Handsome Lake emphasized the importance of frugality.
Violence associated with drinking disrupted Iroquois lives, so not only did the Iroquois have to give up drinking but also quarreling among themselves. Handsome Lake's message had many elements in common with Christianity, temperance, nonviolence, frugality, and an emphasis on good and evil, with judgement in the afterlife. He advocated that the Iroquois men become farmers and that families live in American-style homes. Yet his message was represented as an Iroquois tradition. He stressed the importance of traditional agrarian rituals, and his followers met in longhouses. Handsome Lake's followers mobilized in the early 19th century to enforce a regimen of sobriety. Most village and tribal councils had at least some warnings about the harmful effects of alcohol. Although the "Longhouse religion" did not solve the problem of being a colonized people, it did help restore the Iroquois's self-respect and sense of control, allowing them to adapt rather than assimilate into the Euro-American system.
‘All things that are still to come lie in uncertainty; live straight away!” - Seneca, On the Shortness if Life.
Great book, well worth a read. Written around 49 AD, Seneca’s pearls of wisdom are still oh so relevant in the 21st century!
Thanks @emilyosmond for the image x
☀Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by our today; to do the little parts of our work with more force than ever before.☀
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“There’s only one way to be happy and that’s to make the most of life. Eating, drinking, spending the money that’s been left to you, that’s what I call living - and that’s what I call not forgetting that you’ve got to die some day, too. The days are slipping by, and life is running out on us, never to be restored. Why should we hesitate? What’s the point of being wise? Our years won’t always allow us a life of pleasure, and in the meantime while they’re capable of it and clamoring for it, what’s the point of thrusting austerity on them? Steal a march on death by disposing here and now of whatever he is going to take away.”
“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” - Seneca
Cheers to all you on a lifelong journey of self improvement.
May your efforts outlast the season.
If you fall off the wagon just remember why you started, put it behind you, and take it day by day. The perfect days will add up.
You f’n got this 🤜🤛
Aquel que tu crees que ha muerto, no ha hecho más que adelantarse en el camino.
Un año ha pasado desde aquel 17 de enero, donde tras una llamada, me rompí por dentro, al saber que ya no estabas.
De algún modo se que no andas lejos 😉
No te olvido, ni te olvidaré jamás amigo. #seneca#amigosparasiempre#nosvolveremosaencontrar
Continua nei tuoi progressi e capirai che sono meno da temere proprio quelle cose che fanno più paura.
Gli uomini, in maggioranza, ondeggiano tra il timore della morte e i tormenti della vita; non hanno il coraggio di vivere, ne sanno morire. Se vuoi rendere gioiosa la tua vita, lascia ogni preoccupazione per essa. Nessun bene giova a chi lo possiede, se il suo animo non è pronto a perderlo; ed è più facile accettarne la perdita se, una volta perduto, non può essere rimpianto.
Non fidarti della presente tranquillità: il mare si sconvolge in un attimo..