When good things happen (presentation goes well, conclusion is reached – or better yet, agreement is reached) it is obvious (in terms of physical feeling, expression – voice, facial expression, spring in our step). For a short while, nothing can go wrong …
If we could have an injection of that (or just remind ourselves of those moments) every day that goes badly, then our life and times would be a far better place to fumble around.
We don’t need a replication of that magic, but we benefit substantially sometimes when we recollect how good/young/happy and invincible we feel in those moments. We probably couldn’t handle that intensity all day or every day if every day was that way, but on the coldest darkest days we need to remember the glow of feeling like we are the sunshine.
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. – Seneca, GB, Calgary, AB