On getting down to it and not procrastinating
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me
William Shakespeare, Richard II
In art, memento mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality. Being aware that life is short and contingent can be a powerful motivator to do what we want to do now before it’s too late.
As Samuel Johnson said
“When a man knows he is to be hanged…it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
Think of keeping a memento mori in your study, or on your desk or computer as a reminder not to wait or make excuses.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.“