Don’t take sides. Don’t be spoiled. Don’t gossip

“…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.

Cheap but nutritious?

“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).

 

Recipe: Bubur Pulut Hitam In Slow Cooker

Hmm, let’s see what I can do…

#stoic

Don’t endure if not necessary

I think I’m quite stoical in the sense that I can endure physical and emotional pain more than most people I know. I don’t take painkiller and I am very patient with people.
 
Recently, I thought there’s downside to it. The cough that wouldn’t go away because I can bear it, and the frustration that I mentally manage because I can take it.
 
A quote I loved from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations
 
“Pain is neither unendurable or everlasting, if you keep its limits in mind and do not add it through your own imagination’ – Epicurus
 
Recently, I thought life is too short to ENDURE. I don’t want to endure. I want to ENJOY.
 
Conclusion:
Don’t endure if not necessary. But know that if things cannot improve, I have the strength of steel to stand it.
 
#sarasphilosophy #stoic