Do you know how to use your life?

ImageSure, nothing and nobody is perfect. It’s a fact that we will never be one hundred percent satisfied or pleased with the current state of affairs. It’s human nature. Humans are the only species of mammal who aspires to or expects perfection.
Wanting to excel and giving our best is admirable, and positive. However, when our constant pursuit of perfect satisfaction gets in the way so that it doesn’t allow us to see our current blessings, we need to make some adjustments and acquire a new perspective.
The constant need for ‘fine-tuning’ unimportant situations; or criticizing others or even ourselves; or complaining about our health, the weather, the attitude of other people, etc. is extremely draining. Focusing on the imperfections will always bring us to a permanent state of unhappiness and unease.
I came across these wise and timeless words from Seneca the other day, and I thought I’d share them with you this week:
Why do we complain about nature? She has acted kindly: life is long if you know how to use it. But one man is gripped by insatiable greed, another by a laborious dedication to useless tasks. One man is soaked in wine, another sluggish with idleness. One man is worn out by political ambition, which is always at the mercy of the judgment of others. Another through hope of profit is driven headlong over all lands and seas by the greed of trading. Some are tormented by a passion for army life, always intent on inflicting dangers on others or anxious about danger to themselves. Some are worn out by the self-imposed servitude of thankless attendance on the great. Many are occupied by either pursuing other people’s money or complaining about their own. Many pursue no fixed goal, but are tossed about in ever changing designs by a fickleness which is shifting, inconstant and never satisfied with itself. Some have no aims at all for their life’s course, but death takes them unawares as they yawn languidly – so much so that I cannot doubt the truth of that oracular remark of the greatest of poets: ‘It is a small part of life we really live.’ Indeed, all the rest is not life but merely time.
How much of your life do you really live? I’m looking forward to your comments, as always, at docbeverly@aol.com.

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