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Last week I posted a piece written more than 2000 years ago about Seneca’s words of wisdom: the importance of living each day to its fullest.

Like many of you I imagine, I’d never heard of Seneca.

So when a dear friend, who read my post last week, sent me a link to a recent post about ‘Anxiety’ in which Seneca was also featured, I was kind of startled to think that so much wisdom could be found in pages written so long ago.

Seneca’s words in this piece clearly reflect  the anguish felt when anxiety grips our core and turns our lives upside down.  His advice is wise and timely.

Thank you Anna for sharing this with me.  By re-posting this piece found on Brain Pickings, I hope others will find comfort in Seneca’s words.

There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality……

In his thirteenth letter, titled “On groundless fears,” Seneca writes:

There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

With an eye to the self-defeating and wearying human habit of bracing ourselves for imaginary disaster, Seneca counsels his young friend:

What I advise you to do is, not to be unhappy before the crisis comes; since it may be that the dangers before which you paled as if they were threatening you, will never come upon you; they certainly have not yet come.

Accordingly, some things torment us more than they ought; some torment us before they ought; and some torment us when they ought not to torment us at all. We are in the habit of exaggerating, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow……

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