How to act:
- Never under compulsion, out of selfishness, without forethought, with misgivings.
- Don’t gussy up your thoughts.
- No surplus words or unnecessary actions.
- Let the spirit in you represent a man, an adult, a citizen, a Roman, a ruler. Taking up his post like a soldier and awaiting his recall from life.
- Cheerfulness. Without requiring other people’s help. Or serenity supplied by others.
- To stand up straight—not straightened.
it is inevitable if you enter into relationships with people on a regular basis… that you will grow to be like them…
place an extinguished peace of coal next to a live one, and either it will cause the other one to die out, or the live one will make the other reignite…
remember that if you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself
discourses / epictetus
Zen Buddhism would say, “When you are eating, eat. When you are walking, walk. When you are making love, make love. When you are cooking, cook.” The ability to act directly from this lower level, turning off conscious inhibition, is what Buddhism calls right action.
Claes, Zane. The Joy of Craft: A Paradoxical Approach for Learning to Do Things Well . Kindle Edition.
The Stoics borrowed a practice from the Pythagoreans, of walking at dawn and witnessing the stars going down and the sun coming up. This humbled them at the start of their day, reminding them of how small their place in the world is. It also reminds one of the workings of the cosmos, and the universe, and therefore sympatheia — our connection with the universe and everything in it. It reminds us to pass over our control to what the universe has in store for us — our place within the bigger plan.
“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil.”
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius