The thrill of the next

It is easy to get caught up in the thrill of the next, whether it is the next adventure, the next challenge, the next project, the next “to do”, or the next email message. Regardless of whether the thrill is small or large, living from thrill to thrill can be fun and exciting. But it can also be a distraction. 

What might it be masking? What might it be keeping you from?

Self knowledge in the now

“Remind yourself too that each of us lives only in the present moment, a mere fragment of time: the rest is life past or uncertain future. Sure, life is a small thing, and small the cranny of the earth in which we live it: small too even the longest fame thereafter, which is itself subject to a succession of little men who will quickly die, and have no knowledge even of themselves, let alone of those long dead.”

~ From Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, who described himself as “a male, mature in years, a statesman, a Roman, a ruler: one who has taken his post like a soldier waiting for the Retreat from life to sound, and ready to depart, past the need for any loyal oath or human witness.”

People

We are a funny bunch.