DAY 184: JULY 3 – Know Your Limits

~ Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle by Arnold Böcklin

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The painter gazes defiantly at the figure of death playing its fiddle. He is listening intently to death’s tune as he paints. The boldness in his stare seems to imply that even if death would come to claim him one day, his art will secure his immortality.

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Wisdom

It is precisely in knowing its limits that philosophy consists.

~ Immanuel Kant

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Wit

Thou shalt not carry moderation into excess.

~ Arthur Koestler

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What Happened

1853: The invasion of Moldavia by Russia starts the Crimean War.

1866: Venice becomes part of the United Kingdom of Italy.

1940: British warships destroy the French fleet anchored at Mers-el-Kebir.

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Writer’s Addendum

The sky is the limit. Many people think that an individual has no limitations and man is free to do as he wills. This is wrong. We all have our limits. Death, for one, is the great equalizer. It snatches us from our cradle of comfort no matter how rich, famous, or powerful we are.

Time is crucial.

What we do with every single minute of our lives count. The clock does not stop ticking whether we are awake or asleep. What we do with our time defines us because everything, without exception, requires time. Even if our creativity is limitless, the time that we need to create things is limited.

So take some time of your busy weekend and start thinking where have you invested most your time in. Are these investments contributing to your life’s goal? If you do not have a life’s goal (which is bad), perhaps it is time to start thinking of one. Remember, time and tide waits for no man.

The best guide for mankind that I can think of is a quote from the philosopher William James: ” The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

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