Summary of “The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long”

It is unsurprising that the best treatment of the subject is also among the oldest: Roman philosopher Seneca’s spectacular 2,000-year-old treatise On the Shortness of Life – a poignant reminder of what we so deeply intuit yet so easily forget and so chronically fail to put into practice.
Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.
So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it Life is long if you know how to use it.
You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire How late it is to begin really to live just when life must end! How stupid to forget our mortality, and put off sensible plans to our fiftieth and sixtieth years, aiming to begin life from a point at which few have arrived!
Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn Learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die.
So you must not think a man has lived long because he has white hair and wrinkles: he has not lived long, just existed long.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given his own occupation, Seneca points to the study of philosophy as the only worthwhile occupation of the mind and spirit – an invaluable teacher that helps us learn how to inhabit our own selves fully in this “Brief and transient spell” of existence and expands our short lives sideways, so that we may live wide rather than long.
On the Shortness of Life is a sublime read in its pithy totality.

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Summary of “3 Women on Being the Caregiver of a Disabled Sibling”

More American women than you think are currently waiting for their parents to die – knowing when that happens, they will end up caring for their disabled siblings.
Their childhoods are a dress rehearsal for this inevitability: Research shows that in these families, starting in early childhood, sisters are much more likely than their brothers to help parents care for developmentally disabled children – for example, helping to dress or feed their siblings.
Once disabled children graduate from high school and age out of federally mandated special-education services, which expire at age 22 – a milestone that has been called “The services cliff” – families must ask not just what happens next, but what will happen after the parents are gone.
Below, three women share what it’s like to be ambitious in their careers, date, and communicate with their families while caring for a disabled sibling.
I distinctly remember being like 12, and all of a sudden my parents started going to the gym every day – they had kind of let go of their health but then they were like, if we don’t change, Rekha is going to keep getting bigger, and we have to be able to physically care for her.
My parents were very upfront, like, this is your little sister, she needs your help, don’t ever let her down.
My parents were very up-front, like, this is your little sister, she needs your help, don’t ever let her down.
If my parents pass away, my sister will be my responsibility.

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Summary of “7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose”

After some research, I have put together a series of questions to help you figure out for yourself what is important to you and what can add more meaning to your life.
I made them that way because discovering purpose in our lives should be something that’s fun and interesting, not a chore.
Before you are able to be good at something and do something important, you must first suck at something and have no clue what you’re doing.
In order to suck at something and have no clue what you’re doing, you must embarrass yourself in some shape or form, often repeatedly.
Ergo, due to the transitive property of awesomeness, if you avoid anything that could potentially embarrass you, then you will never end up doing something that feels important.
There’s something you want to do, something you think about doing, something you fantasize about doing, yet you don’t do it.
If your reasons are something like, “I can’t start a business because spending time with my kids is more important to me,” or “Playing Starcraft all day would probably interfere with my music, and music is more important to me,” then OK. Sounds good.
Feeling foolish is part of the path to achieving something important, something meaningful.

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Summary of “Why Most People Will Never Be Successful”

Many people with lots of money have horribly unhappy and radically imbalanced lives.
The more evolved you become, the more focused you must be on those few things which matter most.
As Jim Rohn has said, “A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.”
The more successful you become - which is balancing the few essential things in your life and removing everything else - the less you can justify low quality.
The more successful you become, the less you can justify low quality.
Because the only things in your life are the things you highly value.
As you come closer to living on a daily basis with your values and ideals, amazing things start to happen.
To repeat Jim Rohn, “A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.” Said another way, most people are caught in the thick of thin things.

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Summary of “Anxiety and burnout: I work with kids. Here’s why they’re consumed with worry.”

I’d heard from parents, teachers, and friends with children that kids today live increasingly busy and stressful lives compared to previous generations.
The kids often used workplace lingo to describe their lives.
Kids today live with the baggage of their parents’ economic anxiety I’ve talked about these observations with friends who work with kids, parents, and other students when our church goes to summer camp.
Kids today have to constantly consider the perils of work and career with enough specificity to worry about it.
At the same time that they stress about the future that’s so very far off, they live with technology that keeps that anxiety consistently in the front of their minds.
While many of us who work with kids don’t want to name the likelihood that the generation behind us will do even worse than us, it’s hard not to see that we communicate it to them regardless.
These kids aren’t even being told that the point of all the work and the stress is a better life – they’re being told it’s necessary just to survive.
These kids live with what philosopher Pascal Bruckner calls “Tension without intention.” They’re constantly stressed, and they’re growing aware that there’s no payoff for it all.

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Summary of “Stop Wasting Your Hard-Earned Free Time”

Please answer me this: Why do we work 8-9 hours a day so that we can earn free time, while we endlessly waste that hard-earned free time?
I thought about how I invested my time: About two and a half hours on the train each day, working a job I wasn’t passionate about and spending my free time drinking in the pub with co-workers, watching TV shows or gossiping at work.
We all work hard to earn two things: Money and free time that we can spend on leisure activities.
Right? But shitty part is that we end up wasting that time on bullshit activities.
Anyway, if you keep wasting your time for 35 years, it’s no good.
We work hard to earn free time – but we can’t do anything with it because we’re too tired.
You know that you can’t party all the time and at the same time learn new skills.
Remember how Seneca said that “Life is long if you know how to use it”? Well, when you do things that are worth it, you’re using time – not wasting it.

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Summary of “One year in San Francisco as a Software Engineer”

The software engineers in my company were asked to move to San Francisco.
You can imagine that at those prices, it’s very difficult for many people to live in San Francisco.
The cost of living has exploded in the last 30 years, and many people blame the tech industry for this.
Seeing people shooting up on Market Street is pretty normal.
Some people in the tech industry feel pretty awful about this, others are straight up sociopaths with zero empathy and happily broadcast how they really feel.
The truth is, aside from buying a few sandwiches for people who asked I’ve done almost nothing and feel like a hypocrite for it.
I can’t help wondering though that the only reason Silicon Valley and the Bay Area has been so prosperous is because it’s in a country where generally people are comfortable with having so much wealth, while having so many people live under the poverty line.
So if you’re a software engineer and considering moving to the Bay Area, you’re probably in for a great time.

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Summary of “Why You Should be Planning for 2020, Not 2019.”

Consider how different Star Wars would have been had Lucas created one film, without planning what would come next, or before! Vader may have just been “The bad guy,” not Luke’s father.
Most people don’t make committed decisions, which is why only 8% of people go on to accomplish their New Years Resolutions.
After setting his goals in several areas of his life, and for 1, 3, 5, and 25 years out, Assaraf’s mentor asked him, “Are you interested in achieving these goals, or are you committed?” to which Assaraf responded, “What’s the difference?”.
“If you’re interested, you come up with stories, excuses, reasons, and circumstances about why you can’t or why you won’t. If you’re committed, those go out the window. You just do whatever it takes.” Clearly, Assaraf’s life probably isn’t exactly how he planned it to be when he set those goals in 1982 at the age of 19.
Think “Confidence.”Internal locus of control = a belief that you, not external circumstances, determine the outcomes of your life.
Be Do HaveYou have to ‘Be’ the right kind of person first, then you must ‘Do’ the right thingsbefore you can expect to ‘Have.'” - Zig Ziglar Living a consciously designed life is completely possible.
Does everything in life go exactly how you plan it? Of course not.
You absolutely can live your life how Rowling wrote Harry Potter and how Lucas wrote Star Wars.You can dream and live BIG.You can live by design.

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Summary of “Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World”

In the delusion of my pride of intellect it seemed to me so indubitable that I and Solomon and Schopenhauer had stated the question so truly and exactly that nothing else was possible – so indubitable did it seem that all those milliards consisted of men who had not yet arrived at an apprehension of all the profundity of the question – that I sought for the meaning of my life without it once occurring to me to ask: “But what meaning is and has been given to their lives by all the milliards of common folk who live and have lived in the world?”.
Thanks either to the strange physical affection I have for the real laboring people, which compelled me to understand them and to see that they are not so stupid as we suppose, or thanks to the sincerity of my conviction that I could know nothing beyond the fact that the best I could do was to hang myself, at any rate I instinctively felt that if I wished to live and understand the meaning of life, I must seek this meaning not among those who have lost it and wish to kill themselves, but among those milliards of the past and the present who make life and who support the burden of their own lives and of ours also.
Rational knowledge presented by the learned and wise, denies the meaning of life, but the enormous masses of men, the whole of mankind receive that meaning in irrational knowledge.
I asked: “What is the meaning of my life, beyond time, cause, and space?” And I replied to quite another question: “What is the meaning of my life within time, cause, and space?” With the result that, after long efforts of thought, the answer I reached was: “None.”.
Is not a revelation; it is not only agreement with what has been told one, but faith is a knowledge of the meaning of human life in consequence of which man does not destroy himself but lives.
For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.
In contradistinction to us, who the wiser we are the less we understand the meaning of life, and see some evil irony in the fact that we suffer and die, these folk live and suffer, and they approach death and suffering with tranquility and in most cases gladly.
In complete contrast to my ignorance, [they] knew the meaning of life and death, labored quietly, endured deprivations and sufferings, and lived and died seeing therein not vanity but good.

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Summary of “The breakthroughs that could save our lives”

Then doctors at the US National Cancer Institute tried an experimental living drug.
A patient’s immune system will already be attacking the tumour, it’s just losing the fight between white blood cells and cancer.
The scientists screened her white blood cells and extracted those capable of attacking the cancer.
Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer.
The vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives.
This year, the most common type of cancer in children was pinned on our modern germ-free lives.
The food on your plate can alter cancer’s growth and spread and scientists hope to take advantage of cancer’s “Culinary addictions” to improve treatment.
About 70% of women with the most common form of early stage breast cancer can be spared the “Agony of chemotherapy” thanks to a new test that analyses the danger of a tumour.

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