I’m really enjoying The Name of the Wind, but today a different book started calling out to me. It’s one I’ve read a few times in the past. Over the past handful of years I’m pretty sure it’s gone on more trips with me than any other which is very fitting as I still remember buying the paperback copy of it in the San Francisco airport while headed to New Zealand with the boys. Funny how even after eighteen hundred years it is still so relevant.
One of the things I appreciate most about Meditations is how easy it is to apply to life in a short period of time. To be sure, it is very dense and many paragraphs need to be reread a time or to in order to fully sink in, but the concepts are so simplistic. As is the case with so many simplistic things the actual living out and execution of those simple things is much more difficult.
A few of the lines that really hit home today were:
- Time is a river, a violent current of events, glimpsed once and already carried past us, and another follows and is gone.
- If you seek tranquility, do less. Do less, better. Eliminate the nonessential by asking every moment, “ is this necessary?”
- Uncomplicate yourself. Life is short, get what you can from the present- thoughtfully, justly.
- …run through the list of those you knew yourself. Those who worked in vain, who failed to do what they should have – what they should have remained fixed on and found satisfaction in. You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve.
- Nothing that goes on in anyone else’s mind can harm you.
And the line that really hit home today:
It is fortunate that this has happened and I’ve remained unharmed by it-not shattered by the present or frightened of the future. Does what’s happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforwardness, and all the other qualities that allow a person’s nature to fulfill itself? The thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune.
So many wonderful reminders and thoughts to ponder and take action on. I’m thankful for taking the time to put these thoughts and several others into my head today. Now begins the much more difficult work of putting them to action and practice.