“…to be master of oneself, and never waver in one’s resolve; be cheerful when ill, or in any predicament; the example of character marked by a harmonious blend of gentleness and gravity; to set work on the task without complaint. And the confidence he inspired in everyone that what he was saying was just what he thought, and that whatever he did was done with no bad intent”
Facebook reminded me that I read this passage from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations two years ago. It gave me goosebumps then and it still inspires me today.
“…Not to have sided with the Greens or the Blues [at the Chariot-races] or the gladiators with the long shields or short ones; to endure hardship, and have few needs; to do things for myself and not meddle in the affairs of others; and to turn a deaf ear to slander” – Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations is giving me goosebumps. In short, don’t take sides, don’t be spoiled, don’t gossip.
“Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with course and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?'” – Seneca
I’ve always wanted to try this: eat the cheapest food for a month, and ask myself if not having good (expensive) food is really that bad (The amount of money I spend on groceries is scary).
Those who love me strongly oppose to this idea. But I think I can come up with a rather nutritious yet cheap menu. This is one of them (I just have to do without the santan).