Thanks to a philosophy class, I’ve unearthed a wealth of Hellenistic philosophers whose writings range between 2000-2500 years ago and yet their wisdom is remarkably relevant and ever more so as we begin the new year. One of my favorite books is On The Shortness of Life, in which Seneca cautions against our habitual waste of time. Happy, healthy and thrilling year to you! Live immediately.
Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.
Seneca – On The Shortness of Life