Gentle and Grave

“…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.

#lifegoals

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