Friday, December 2, 2022

Daily Stoic Dec 2

 Let each thing you say, do, or intend be like that of a dying person.

Marcus Aurelius

Today's meditation asks me to look at my relationships and actions. If I died tomorrow, what would I have regretted saying or not saying. Would I regret how I treated the cashier at Morton Williams? Would I regret not doing more to save someone.

Since Mark passed away, I have attempted to live in this manner for the most part. But, through Stoicism, I have also found that while I might regret missing some actions, there are trade offs and actions taking instead that I don't regret.

I still try to live in the moment. But I have found that living too much in the moment has its own pitfalls. Because while doing what brings you joy; that same thing can sometimes be better later, or with someone, or successful in its absence. Waiting for the right time for things does not always mean it is a delay - it may mean it was the right option.

On the other hand, waiting for the right time to tell someone you love or admire them is a recipe for regret.

Too this sentiment I can only add -
who the hell was Ray Stannard Baker?


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