daily-stoic

There’s No Tomorrow

We’ve all had that friend: the one who is perpetually planning. They have elaborate plans for their health, their finances, their work, their friendships, their relationships. Plan after plan after plan. And yet, time passes, and nothing changes.

Epictetus posed the best retort to the “diet starts tomorrow” issue: "How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?"

Get impatient with yourself. Figure out why you aren’t changing and then change. Get started living—not preparing to live—the life you want.

You Don’t Have The Luxury

The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn has written about how our denial of impermanence is what makes anger and resentment possible. We think we have unlimited time, and therefore the luxury of being mad at someone, or furthering some feud. “If we spend twenty four hours being angry at our beloved,” he wrote, “it is because we are ignorant of impermanence.”