The Stoic Jew

How to Enjoy the Present Day As If It’s Your Last (Aurelius – Meditations 7:69)

May 20, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 4 Episode 26
The Stoic Jew
How to Enjoy the Present Day As If It’s Your Last (Aurelius – Meditations 7:69)
Show Notes

Synopsis: In past episodes we’ve talked about how “live each day as if it might be your last” is easy to say but difficult to implement. One of the biggest obstacles to this mentality is the fact that, statistically speaking, it’s likely that this will NOT be your last day. This past (last?) Yom Tov I stumbled upon a way to overcome this obstacle. Like many ideas in Stoicism and Mishlei, this one isn’t a chidush (novel insight) – and yet, it helped me to truly be present in the simchas ha’chag (joy of the festival), and I hope I’ll be able to bring this awareness into what remains of my post-chag life.

Related Episode: TSJ Interlude - Remembering Shabbos, Remembering Death, and Appreciating Life

Sources:
- Aurelius, Meditations 7:69
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Stoic texts:
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Letters from a Stoic Master (Seneca)
The Discourses of Epictetus
The Enchiridion (Handbook) of Epictetus
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