#504 Rehearsing Your Death

As a Way to LIVE (Seneca Says…)

In our last +1, we talked about the idea that the siren you might hear today wails for YOU. Then I suggested you actually IMAGINE yourself being put on that gurney at the end of your life.

Is that a morbid thought to imagine your lifeless body being put on a gurney?

Well, yah.

And that’s kinda the point.

In fact, this was a core practice of ancient Stoicism. Guys like Seneca actually tell us to “rehearse our deaths.”

Specifically, he says: “Rehearse death. To say this is to tell a person to rehearse his freedom. A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.”

He also tells us not to worry about how LONG our lives last but how WELL we live them: “As it is with a play, so it is with life—what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how good it is.”

And, then there’s this gem: Every day, therefore, should be regulated as if it were the one that brings up the rear, the one that rounds out and completes our lives.”

That’s Today’s +1.

Let’s appreciate just how brief our precious lives are by remembering that one day will be our last.

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