TRY also how a good man's life; (of one, who is well pleased with those things whatsoever, which among the common changes and chances of this world fall to his own lot and share; and can live well contented and fully satisfied in the justice of his own proper present action, and in the goodness of his disposition for the future:) will agree with thee. Thou hast had experience of that other kind of life: make now trial of this also. Trouble not thyself any more henceforth, reduce thyself unto perfect simplicity.
MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book iv. 21.
EVEN as if any of the gods should tell thee, thou shall certainly die to-morrow, or next day, thou wouldst not, except thou wert extremely base, and pusillanimous, take it for a great benefit, rather to die the next day after, than to-morrow; (for alas what is the difference!) so, for the same reason, think it no great matter to die rather many years after, than the very next day.
MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book iv. 38.
Carpe Dieum! Choose to base the worth of life in the moral and family values rather than the race to see who can acquire the most "toys" at the end of the race. Voluntary Simplicity is definitely the way to go! :)ReplyDelete
Sufficient unto the day are the blessings thereof. We wish for more life, while we squander the life we have in wishing. Take note of each moment, be mindful of who you are and what blessings surround you, and take just enough thought for tomorrow, but no more.ReplyDelete