Count Each Day as a Separate Life, Like Seneca

Appreciate the here and now

Thomas Oppong


Artwork: The Dying Seneca by Peter Paul Rubens/public domain

Life is precious and finite. It’s radically short in the grand scheme of things. Each day is a new opportunity to live it to the fullest.

When we forget to appreciate each day completely, we miss out on many experiences, no matter how small, that could help us experience life to the full.

This is where Seneca’s (the ancient Stoic philosopher) philosophy for both meaningful and happy life makes complete sense:

“If you are trying too hard to be happy, you are doing it wrong. Take things one day at a time. “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”

What Seneca meant by this is that we should treat each day as a new opportunity to live our lives to the fullest, rather than simply going through the motions of everyday life.

By embracing this philosophy, we can unlock the secrets to a happy and meaningful life.

Each day is a separate reality

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time,” Abraham Lincoln said.

To count each day as a separate life means approaching each day with a fresh perspective and a willingness to learn, grow, and explore.

It’s easy to get caught up in the mundane routine of our daily lives.

We wake up, go to work, come home, and repeat the same cycle over and over again. However, viewing each day as a separate life allows us to break free from this monotony and find joy in even the smallest moments.

Every day is a chance to try something new, explore a new hobby, or connect with someone we love. It’s a simple but powerful mindset that can help us find happiness and purpose.

It means we should strive to make the most of every moment, be present in the present, and find joy and meaning in the smallest things.

For the complete life experience, embrace each day with gratitude, curiosity, and a desire to make the most of every moment.



Thomas Oppong

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