Lessons from Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life

  • It’s not that we have a short time to live but we waste a lot of it
  • Bad vices do not allow us to raise and see the truth in front of us
  • People are very miserly in giving money but too liberal with time
  • Always audit your life and catch hold of it.
  • Do what you want to do at the moment and don’t postpone it to retirement
  • Be a thrifty guardian of your time .
  • The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, instead, live immediately
  • You can educate yourself through books and the great minds of history are always there to guide you
  • You are the best judge of yourself.
  • Only a fulfilled life can embrace death to the fullest extent
  • “Of all men they alone are at leisure who take time for philosophy, they alone really live; for they are not content to be good guardians of their own lifetime only. They annex every age to their own; all the years that have gone before them are an addition to their store.” — simply put- read philosophy books to reflect upon life

Often a very old man has no other proof of his long life than his age. This is the most important of all Seneca sayings in this book.

He pleads to live life actively, commanding the time and making most of it.

  • Live with a purpose as you cannot sail the ocean without a compass
  • Understanding the difference between being busy and being productive
  • Take leisure time to make communion with your soul.
  • Organise every day as if it is your last
  • Accepting all that fate brings to us with equanimity
  • Slavery to things, possessions, wealth, luxuries is the worst one of all
  • Finally, you know what they all say ☺☺- true happiness springs from within and I leave you with a quote to ponder upon.