Although getting sick right now was super inconvenient, there are many things I am grateful for with its timing. A forced pause to mourn, rest, and reflect.
Naturally, after losing a loved one, you tend to think about life, death, and time spent. I ordered the little book mentioned below and I don't think the rest of my days on earth will ever be the same.
-I thought about my ability to develop a policy of rush, of being gradually more and more obsessed with what I have to do next and how that can become like a prison.
-I realized how little time we set for self-reflection, in the age of spin and distraction. "Man know thyself" is replaced with know what everybody else is doing and thinking at all times. Yet getting your mind in your hand can cure half the troubles in life, especially worry.
-"We are supposed to be reasonable, but we are much more instinctive than reasonable. And the less we reflect, the less reasonable we shall be."
Question: Do you set aside time daily for self-reflection? Do you know what your principles are? See even a thief if he really believed what he was doing was righteous, he would view going to jail as a good thing, because all martyrs are happy because their conduct and principles agree. Conduct can only be made to accord with principles by daily examination, reflection, and resolution.
-There are many other lessons learned and reflected on, with this little $4 book from 1910, I highly recommend it!
Arnold Bennett (1867–1931) wrote that time is the most precious of commodities. He said that many books have been written on how to live on a certain amount of money each day. And he added that the old adage "time is money" understates the matter, as time can often produce money, but money cannot produce more time. Time is extremely limited, and Bennett urged others to make the best of the time remaining in their lives.