I have been reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. In Book Two, Passage 4, Marcus wrote,
Think of your many years of procrastination; how the gods have repeatedly granted you further periods of grace, of which you have taken no advantage. It is time now to realize the nature of the universe to which you belong, and of that controlling Power whose offspring you are; and to understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again.
This passage accompanied me mentally throughout the last weekend while Anya was out with friends on a Labour Day long weekend retreat. It was this passage that pushed me to focus on my thesis proposal whenever I wanted to play a bit of video game or stayed on Facebook a bit longer or simply found anything that could distract me from reading boring integrated care case studies. The weekend is over now, and I’ve finished editing my proposal. Thank you, Marcus.