In the Words of Epictetus
Caretake this moment.
Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit the evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now. You are not some disinterested bystander. Participate. Exert yourself.
Respect your partnership with providence. Ask yourself often, “How may I perform this particular deed such that it would be consistent with and acceptable to the divine will?” Heed the answer and get to work. When your doors are shut and your room is dark you are not alone. The will of nature is within you as your natural genius is within. Listen to its importunings. Follow its directives.
As concerns the art of living, the material is your own life. No great thing is created suddenly. There must be time. Give your best and always be kind.
Start Living Your Ideals
Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. Once you have determined the principles you wish to exemplify, abide by these rules as if they were laws, as if it were indeed sinful to compromise them. Don’t mind if others don’t share your convictions. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your noble self cannot wait any longer.
Put your principles into practice- Now! Stop the excuses and the procrastination. This is your Life! You aren’t a child anymore. The sooner you set yourself to your living with integrity, the happier you will be. The longer you wait, the more you will be vulnerable to mediocrity and feel filled with shame and regret, because you know you are capable of better.
From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – Now!