‘Happy the Man’
There is a message that has always resonated with me, and perhaps with you too, because it’s universal.
It reaches across, time, cultures, experience, gender, and age.
It’s the theme beautifully articulated by Horace, the great Roman poet of antiquity.
Happy the man, and happy he alone,
he who can call today his own:
he who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul, or rain or shine
the joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself, upon the past has power,
but what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
To call ‘today your own’ is a wonderful thing. And in my experience, it doesn’t just happen by default. (The opposite really, since so many commercial forces pull us in the wrong directions.)
First, you have to decide what you really want your ‘todays‘ to be. Then you have to deliberately engineer and align your life so that your ‘todays‘ are what you want them to be.
A Suit That’s Made to Measure
And there’s no template or pat answer for everyone.
It comes down the the complex medley of our individual nature, our experiences, and our desires. Every solution has to be ‘made to measure.’
Somewhere there’s a bricklayer who dreams of working in medicine, and a physician who dreams of building beautiful garden walls.
To be candid, I’m a bit of an evangelist on this theme.
I honestly believe we build a better world one person at a time, and that person needs to be spending his or her time doing something they really love doing.
For eons the quest for enough money to survive chained us all to occupations that paid the bills but weren’t really fulfilling.
Now there’s never been a more powerful, flexible, and enabling tool for we regular people to achieve the lifestyle we want most.
Today, millions of us are already using the multi-trillion dollar online economy to satisfy our financial needs while doing something of our own choosing.
The joys from that ‘will be your own’ and it’s the path to being able to say, ‘I have had my hour.’
Horace knew all of this two thousand years ago and it’s still true. It fact, it might be more true than ever, given how complex our lives have become.
Your course correction can only happen when you take that first, real, tangible step.
For the sake of yourself and for all those who will benefit from you, find a way!