Stoic months: März (Dienstag)

Und schon steht der nächste Monat an: das Thema dieses Monats ist Selbstdisziplin und Stoische Einfachheit. Der Text für die Morgenmeditation ist dieser Text von Seneca über die Dauer des Lebens:

It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing. So it is—the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it. Just as great and princely wealth is scattered in a moment when it comes into the hands of a bad owner, while wealth however limited, if it is entrusted to a good guardian, increases by use, so life is amply long for the one who orders it properly.

Seneca, On the Shortness of Life 1


Dieser Ansatz klinkt sich praktisch von selber in meine derzeitigen finanziellen Vorsätze ein: nichts verschwenden, Achtsam mit den Mitteln umgehen, die mir gegeben sind und diese bedachtsam investieren.

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