Choose ONE of these questions or thinking tasks. Ponder, and write down your answers and thoughts on it, or just work it over in your head.
* What do I still lack in order to achieve freedom from negative emotions?
* What do I need to achieve tranquility?
* What am I? – A rational being. (Yeah, it comes with an answer…)
* When giving your child or wife a kiss, repeat to yourself, ‘I am kissing a mortal.’
* When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
* You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.
* At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself, “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?
* Begin each day by telling yourself : Today I will be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness—all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good and what is evil.
* Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own.
* Nothing, whether public or private, is stable; the destines of men, no less than those of cities, are in a whirl. Whatever structure has been reared by a long sequence of years, at the cost of great toil and through the great kindness of the gods, is scattered and dispersed in a single day.
* We live in the middle of things which have all been destined to die. Mortal have you been born, to mortals you have given birth.
* Reckon on everything, expect everything.
* What inner resources has the nature given me to cope with the events in your life and the challenges you face?
* What would the Sage do, in your situation, facing your problems?
* Memento Mori.
* What does Wisdom mean to you, and how will you practice it today?
* What does Justice mean to you, and how will you practice it today?
* What does Courage mean to you, and how will you practice it today?
* What does Moderation / Self-discipline mean to you, and how will you practice it today?
* What would you like people to say at your funeral about the way you lived your life?
* If you had only a few months left to live, what would you do more?
* If you had only a few months left to live, what would you stop doing?
* What is the most important thing in your life?
* What does Wisdom mean to you? How could you have more of it?
* What does Courage mean to you? How could you have more of it?
* What does Kindness mean to you? How could you have more of it?
* What does Self-control mean to you? How could you have more of it?
* If you would have lived in Germany (and been an ethnic German) at the time of Nazi regime, would you have resisted the rulers, understanding the personal cost? If yes, what makes you think so? Are you sure you are being fully honest? If no, what can you learn from that?