#1568 Areté +1° #195: Enlightened Beings

There Aren't Any

Hi, this is Brian.

Welcome back to another Areté +1°, a micro-chapter from our new book, Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential.

Let's get straight to work.


In our last +1°, we talked about the fact that we can’t seize the day per se—we can only seize the moment.

Enter: Carpe punctum.

In Everyday Enlightenment, Dan Millman makes another brilliant point. He tells us that there are NO enlightened beings. There are only more or less enlightened MOMENTS.

Here’s how he puts it: “No one feels the same way all the time. Even if you are angry, depressed, crazy, afraid, or grieving, you’ll have moments when you are distracted. There are no enlightened people, no nice, bad, smart, neurotic, or stupid people, either—only people with more (or less) enlightened, nice, bad, smart, neurotic, or stupid moments.”

That’s a really powerful (and empowering) distinction.

As wonderful as it would be, NO ONE gets to a place where they’re exonerated from all future work. Period.

The issue isn’t reaching that “I’ve finally perfected myself once and for all and isn’t life great?!” state; it’s about stringing together more and more enlightened MOMENTS in our day-to-day lives.

And guess when the best time is to practice your new enlightenment? Yep. Right NOW.

Close the gap. Live with Areté.

Remember: There are no enlightened people. Only more or less enlightened moments. So… Carpe punctum!

P.S. I hope you enjoyed that Areté +1° from my new book Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential. The book will be shippable on Nov 14th—right before Black Friday… in time to make it the perfect holiday gift?!? 🤷‍♂️ 🤓 🙌

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