Life is really short. If you count the total no. of weeks a man of 80 years lives, it’s just 4000.
Can you believe it? Just 4000. The time we have on this planet earth is very little. It’s not worth wasting our time thinking, talking, and doing small and stupid things.
We can do better. We can get better every day. We can make every day of our life worthwhile. We can achieve the greatest that’s possible for us.
But as Seneca said:
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.”
4000 Weeks: Your Life in Weeks Calendar Template
‘Your Life in weeks’ is a great way to remind yourself of the little time you have. There is also another name for this called ‘Memento Mori’. It means to remember your death in ‘Latin’.
It is the stoic practice of reflecting on death.
To some people, this might sound like a scary and awful idea. Who wants to think of death instead of enjoying life? But what if we shift our perspective. Embrace the truth that I’m gonna die eventually and reflect on it to live to our fullest.
Knowing you are gonna die soon is one of the most powerful concepts that you can use to let go of the small things and focus on what truly matters. It teaches you to turn attention away from the distractions and focus on what truly matters.
As Buddha Said:
“Of all the footprints, that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme.”
I’ve created a Printable version of the four thousand weeks or your life in weeks calendar. It’s available in both PDF and .png format.
So you can choose any, download it, and print it from a nearby printing store.
Framing it and keeping where you will see it often will create a massive improvement in your life.