Book Review-On The Shortness of Life by Seneca

Seneca writes a great novel that is about exactly what it is titled: On The Shortness of Life. We always hear the term, “life is too short.” Actually, according to Seneca, it may be best to challenge that long-held belief. It is stated in the book, “life is long enough, as long as we know how to use it.” This is one of the most enlightening books I have ever read. This book started to make me think of how much I was wasting time each day and what would be better uses of my time. On The Shortness Of Life will also open realities of how we will embrace death when it comes.

Think about your occupation. Think about your social life, such as your significant other, friendships, family, and acquaintances. Think about your recreational activities. What do you do in your free time? Throughout this book, Seneca challenges us to think about all the elements of our life, and how they add up. Are all your life elements getting you to where you want to go? If not, why do you stay the course? Someone once told me that the worst thing you can do for yourself is to get good at the wrong thing. This very much applies the main concept of On The Shortness Of Life. Overindulging in luxurious activities that only bring temporary pleasure, such as wanderous activity and lust, provides for a short life. However, finding ways to make our life more enhancing and full of purpose will create a fulfillment that will last a long lifetime.

I really enjoyed On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca, because this was a very enlightening read that exposes the lies people tell us growing up. We are taught to be frugal with our money, but why not our time? That is not something we will ever get back. For example, let’s say you are not satisfied with your current relationship. Why do you stay with that person? Wouldn’t it be better to be alone for a little bit and search for something better? How about your occupation? Why not start the search for a new career today if your job provides you consistent dissatisfaction? I believe this is probably on the top 5 list of books people should read at least once in their lifetimes. I hope you buy this for your benefit. Happy reading!




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