The Unyielding Minute

“What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is dying daily? For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed. Whatever years be behind us are in death’s hands.” – Seneca

We’ve been dying since the day we were born.

“Whatever years be behind us are in death’s hands”.

When you think about time and death like that, it shifts your perspective. We need to stop looking forward to the end and realize that each moment is dying with us Right Now.

There is a lot to be wondered about time, but in the end, we experience it as an unyielding train. It moves on no matter what. You can not slow it. You can not rewind it. You can not add or subtract from it.

So make sure you are not simply playing the long game for fear of the very last minute. Instead, realize that each minute we experience the death of that moment, and value your time accordingly.

– Joe

Cowardice – No more excuses.

“The absence of courage is a fault that few are willing to confess. We naturally conceal it, and cover it up, and try to keep it secret even from ourselves. We invent favourable names for it, which are only unconscious excuses. We call it prudence, or respectability, or conservatism, or economy, or worldly wisdom, or the instinct of self-preservation. For in truth there is nothing that we are more reluctant to admit than cowardice; and there is no virtue which we would more gladly possess and prove than courage.” – Henry Van Dyke

I’ve been a coward.

Not only have I been a coward, but I have lied to myself about it so many times.

No one wants to admit they are becoming a slug or a worm, so they make excuses and create well-sounding reasons for why they behave as if they do not have a backbone.

I will not be a coward any longer.

I will not make excuses for my cowardly behavior.

There are so many things I want from life, and so many things I don’t want, but in the end I think I will be happy if I can simply say that I did not die a coward. Along that same breath, I believe that acting with courage is the straightest route to all the things I desire from life. While, acting with cowardice is the straightest route to all the things I detest.

Courage leads to; love, adventure, new frontiers and excitement.

Cowardice leads to; fear, anxiety, lethargy and hopelessness.

So again, I will use this platform to state my intention:

I will not be a coward any longer, and I will not make excuses for my cowardly behavior.

Courage precedes all other virtues.

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”—Winston Churchill

Courage precedes all other virtues. Without courage there is no virtue; no honesty, no industry, no honor, no love. As Winston Churchill says, “it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

Aim to be courageous. Practice courage in small doses. Do what you know is right, just, and necessary. Do it when it is not comfortable. Do it when it is not easy.

Make the best decision, not the easiest decision.

Only after we find how to call upon our courage can we learn to call upon our virtues.

On industry

“Each and every day we are creating our legacy. What will you be able to look back on when you’re eighty-five? A business started? A book written? A library consumed? A language learned? A child raised? Or vast expanses of time on which the mind draws a blank, an unaccounted for wasteland of life that somehow slipped through the fingers? Better get to work. Carpe diem.” – Brett McKay

Better get to work…