St. Jerome on Making the Most of Each Moment

November 30, 2021 pwm1

Catch, then, the transient hour; Improve each moment as it flies!

— Saint Jerome, 347-420 AD (1632, by Jacques Blanchard; Public Domain)

I have always been the quintessential planner. From my youngest days, I recall mapping out where I wanted to go and the specific steps needed to get there. Planning is the foundation for virtually all of our success in life, and its importance cannot be overstated. Planning without the proper follow-through, however, is an exercise in futility. In fact, taking action without a plan in mind is better than having a plan and taking no action! 

Saint Jerome refers to the transient hour; that which is fleeting, lasting only a short time. Speaking personally, I think back to the copious transient hours in my life and wish I would have embraced them with more passion, more action. On the bright side, it is never too late to adopt this profoundly influential—and highly industrious—saint’s philosophy towards living. 

—Mike Hazell

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