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December 2nd: Don't mind me, I'm only dying slow

Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Let each thing you would do, say or intend be like that of a dying person. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 2.11.1


Have you ever heard some ask: "What would you do if you found out tomorrow that you had cancer?" The question is designed to make you consider how different life might be if you were suddenly given just a few months or weeks to life. There's nothing like a terminal illness to wake people up.

But here's the thing: you already have terminals diagnosis. We all do! As the writer Edmund Wilson put it, "Death is one prophecy that never fails." Every person is born with a death sentence. Each second that passes by is one you'll never get back.

Once you realize this, it will have a profound impact on what you do, say and think. Don't let another day tick away in ignorance of the reality that you're dying person. We all are. Can today be the day we stop pretending otherwise?

 

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living

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