This is a republishing of The Steady Fella Newsletter. Every week readers use the timeless insights on passion, productivity, philosophy, and happiness from this newsletter to build towards the life they want.
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In the normal Steady Fella format I share an individual lesson, however, this week I wanted to share 6 aphorisms.
Aphorisms are concise pieces of wisdom or observations.
There's a lesson to be learned in each of these timeless insights.
"Whereas pain is a physical experience, suffering is a mental one. It is the sense that things should be other than they are. Its antidote is acceptance." - Wu Hsin
"Solitude is not a condition of the body. Instead, it is a condition of the mind. Solitude may be found in the busy market or may be elusive in the forest." - Wu Hsin
"It is in no man's power to have whatever he wants; but he has it in his power not to wish for what he hasn't got." - Seneca
"What is called peace by many is merely the absence of disturbance. True peace cannot be disturbed; it resides beyond the reach of disturbance." - Wu Hsin
"We become what we think" - Buddha
"There are people who make no mistakes because they never wish to do anything worth doing." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Almost everything in the room will survive you. To the room, you are already a ghost, a pathetic soft thing, coming and going. - Don Paterson
On the first read is easy to find this quote morbid and depressing. However, in philosophy, thinking of our mortality is a positive reminder to live now and not wait.
Ryan Holiday said, "meditating on your mortality is only depressing if you miss the point".
It's because death is what makes life purposeful. Keeping that fact in mind can bring you closer to living the life you want.
Did you actively design your life for the last 3 months? Or have you been swept along?
Sometimes busyness and distractions put us in a trance, then time flies by and we don't know where it went.