On the Shortness of Life By Seneca: Reading and Meditation

November 10, 2020  • Executive Leadership Seminars Department

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The shortness of life is a deeply felt intuition – it’s a concept that lingers through my mindfulness and gratitude, and yet often has little direct impact on the ways in which I spend my days. Post-work exhaustion, weekend fatigue, and stress burnout all contribute to days of rest — but there is a fine line between productive recovery and time squandered, even more so in times of confinement. 

In days of mandated seclusion, how do you regain your time? How do you channel rest into meaning? In a life simultaneously rushing by and standing still, how do you take control of your time? “Life is long if you know how to use it,” Seneca offers. How will you? 

Brianna Curran, Washington, DC

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