How to Make your Life Wide Rather Than Long

Updated: Feb 1, 2019

It was Søren Kierkegaard who lamented about our greatest source of unhappiness — the refusal to recognize that “busy is a decision” and that presence is infinitely more rewarding than productivity. I frequently worry that being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being.

With the normalization of yoga, meditation and living in the now in our modern culture, we are beginning to truly understand and practice what many of the spiritual teachers have been preaching. Teachers such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle etc. including philosophers, and the great thinkers and writers that our human race is so blessed to have. Such as Henry David Thoreau, Hemingway, Twain, Alan Watts, Stephen King, the Dalai Lama, Seneca and countless others. Allow them to inspire and transport you around the world from your armchair. In fact, Roman philosopher Seneca’s spectacular 2,000-year-old treatise On the Shortness of Life (public library) — a poignant reminder of what we so deeply intuit yet so easily forget and so chronically fail to put into practice.

Seneca writes: 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.

To those who so squander their time, he offers an unambiguous admonition: You are living as if destined to live for ever; your own frailty never occurs to you; you don’t notice how much time has already passed, but squander it as though you had a full and overflowing supply — though all the while that very day which you are devoting to somebody or something may be your last. You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire… How late it is to begin really to live just when life must end! How stupid to forget our mortality, and put off sensible plans to our fiftieth and sixtieth years, aiming to begin life from a point at which few have arrived!

The cure he prescribes is rather simple, yet far from easy to enact: Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.

Wow a resounding secular! With this, we encourage you to take it from Seneca and all the great ones who inspired us and thought us to live in the now. Take a leap of faith, explore that country you’ve been dreaming about but have not yet got around to, claim new heights, there’s a world of adventure to be explored. There’s so much to do than can ever be done, so much to see than can ever be seen, the famous line from the sound track of Disney’s, the lion king, “the circle of life,” by Elton John and Tim Rice. We only have this one life, seize it. A world of wonder awaits, LIVE!!! Contact Trailblazer Travelz today to start planning your next adventure. Better yet grab our Ultimate Travel Budget and Planning Guide here or request an itinerary.

Here are our top 40 travel inspirational quotes.

1. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

3. Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt. – Anthony Bourdain

4. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama

5. You need not even listen, just wait…the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself. – Franz Kafka

6. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all. – Helen Keller

7. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments and places that take our breath away – Unknown

8. Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau

9. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference. —Robert Frost

10. We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharial Nehru

11. If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast. – Hemingway

12. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. – Oscar Wilde

13. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

14. If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal. – Paulo Coelho

15. Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions – Peter Hoeg

16. It doesn’t matter where you are. You are nowhere compared to where you can go. – Bob Proctor

17. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. — Mark Twain

18. ‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen non-percent of. – Louis C.K.

19. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley

20. The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. – G.K. Chesterton

21. Travel expands the mind and fills the gap. – Sheda Savage

22. I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya.

23. Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Gustave Flaubert

24. There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, what if you fly? – Erin Hanson

25. Our footprints always follow us on days when it’s been snowing. They always show us where we’ve been, but never where we’re going. – Winnie the Pooh

26. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. – Albert Einstein

27. Travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape you. — Unknown

28. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

29. There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign – Robert Louis Stevenson

30. Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind. – Anthony Bourdain

31. Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator. – Robert Orben

32. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. — Saint Augustine

33. Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. ― Michael Palin

34. It is probably a pity that every citizen of each state cannot visit all the others, to see the differences, to learn what we have in common, and come back with a richer, fuller understanding of America – in all its beauty, in all its dignity, in all its strength, in support of moral principles. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

35. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. – Oscar Wilde

36. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. – Susan Sontag

37. I am not the same having seen the moon shine from the other side of the world. – Mary Anne Radmacher

38. This is your planet. You really should come see it sometime. – G Adventures

39. When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. – Clifton Fadiman

40. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” --Mark Twain

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