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  • Doug Belshaw 6:12 am on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    All the blessings which you pray to obtain hereafter could be yours today, if you did not deny them to yourself. You have only to have done with the past altogether, commit the future to providence, and simply seek to direct the present hour aright into the paths of holiness and justice: holiness, by a loving acceptance of your apportioned lot, since Nature produced it for you and you for it: justice, in your speech by a frank and straightforward truthfulness, and in your acts by a respect for law and for every man’s rights. Allow yourself, too, no hindrance from the malice, misconceptions or slanders of others, nor yet from any sensations this fleshly frame may feel; its afflicted part will look to itself. The hour for your departure draws near; if you will but forget all else and pay sole regard to the helmsman of your soul and the divine spark within you – if you will but exchange your fear of having to end your life some day for a fear of failing even to begin it on nature’s true principles – you can yet become a man, worthy of the universe that gave you birth, instead of a stranger in your own homeland, bewildered by each day’s happenings as though by wonders unlooked for, and ever hanging upon this one or the next.

    Marcus Aurelius

  • Doug Belshaw 5:52 am on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Marcus Aurelius on finding peace wherever you are 

    This is one of my favourite quotations from any Stoic philosopher:

    Let it be clear to you that the peace of green fields can always be yours, in this, that, or any other spot; and that nothing is any different here from what it would be either up in the hills, or down by the sea, or wherever else you will. You will find hte same thought in Plato, where he speaks of living within the city walls ‘as though milking his flocks in a mountain sheepfold’.

    Marcus Aurelius, ‘Meditations’ 10:23

    It can be easy to think that changing jobs, moving house, or becoming fitter/healthier will improve my inner peace. It won’t.

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