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Elif エリフ

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2021.01.02 00:21
What I’ve wanted for this year has been playing on my mind for the past week, and I couldn’t come up with an answer until I re-read an old favourite book of mine by Seneca called “On the Shortness of Life”, which I have quoted in the voice note below.

Instead of making irrational and inauthentic decisions based on time running out or things taking too long, we should instead focus on a more constructive question: am I spending my time well?

I have been asking myself since last night, what am I investing in? What am I giving my time, my energy and commitment to? Is it worthwhile? Does it enrich my life? Is it what I want? Doing this, I realised that I have much to change.

The important thing about time, which is always uncertain, cannot be the quantity, but the quality of it. And so, my goal for this year has become clear: instead of having external expectations, I must create higher internal standards of what I find worth investing my time in.

I sincerely wish you all the best possible growth and time for 2021.
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  • hamada laayoune 2021.01.02 00:25

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    Cool 🦋
  • B. 2021.01.02 00:26

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    👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
  • Tatsuya 2021.01.02 00:33

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    Great
  • Bakr 2021.01.02 00:38

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    This brings me back to a quote I love by Seneca, in which he says: "If you were sailing without a goal ... there would never be a favorable wind."
  • Mary 2021.01.02 03:46

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    👏👏
  • Hanan Hamada 2021.01.02 05:26

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    Nice
  • Hanan Hamada 2021.01.02 05:27

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    😊😊✌️
  • Toshitaka 2021.01.02 09:11

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    Your positive attitude is great! It is my concern how to judge what is valuable and what is not. The devil has devilish justice. Coronavirus is also the same
  • Elif エリフ 2021.01.02 09:33

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    @Toshitaka If you’re unsure about how to judge what will be valuable if the future, you can start by reflecting back of the past to see what your values are. What were you doing earlier today, yesterday, last year, or 5 years ago that was a good use of your time, and what was a waste of it? If you zoom out of your daily life and look at the timeline of it over the years, you will find your own pattern, that your daily life and habits today is a reflection on your entire life, and you will know the moments you want to recreate, or moments you wish you had created, and the moments you wish you had less of, and you will know what you want to change. You have to be introspective in a balanced way, not too positive (fake) and not too negative (feels real but also fake). Pessimism, as Stoics like Seneca taught us, has its usefulness and purpose in our overall happiness, if it is constructive.
  • Toshitaka 2021.01.02 10:07

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    @Elif エリフ Thank you for your very polite answer. I will think about how to spend valuable time :)

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