You have one job!
The Daily Stoic is a book of daily meditations that I have been reading, with my cup of coffee, every morning this year. My morning readings have been significantly impacting my daily interactions with my family, friends, co-workers, and patients. Ryan Holiday is the author of this gem of a book. He does an amazing job of taking the teachings of the ancient stoic philosophers and applying them to our current life and times.
The May 31 entry is entitled "We Have But One Obligation." This entry has really stuck with me and is based on a quote from Meditations, which is the journal of Marcus Aurelius, the Emporer of Rome from 161 to 180 AD. The quote was simple on the surface, but there is a lot of depth to it. Especially if you pause for a moment to reflect on it. Aurelius pondered...
"What is your vocation? To be a good person."
Isn't this what life is all about? Shouldn't this be our primary goal in life? In these times of increasing divisiveness in our country, I would only ask that we spend less time arguing with one another about our differences of opinion and instead simply be good to one another.
Can you find a way to be a kind, generous, caring, positive, helpful member of society? If you can (and I know that you can), then you will leave a positive mark on your family, your friends, your co-workers, your community, and, potentially, the world.
Is there anything more important than having the opportunity to leave the world a better place?
I don't think so!
Movement is my medicine,