You don’t have to have an opinion

“Does anyone bathe hastily? Do not say that they do it ill, but hastily. Does anyone drink much wine? Do not say that they do ill, but that they drink a great deal. For unless you perfectly understand their motives, how should you know if they act ill? Thus you will not risk yielding to […]

Be anxious!

“I have only one anxiety: that I myself should not do something which the human constitution does not intend – or does not intend in this way or at this time.” – Marcus Aurelius   Ask yourself all the time: “does this come from good intentions and is this helpful”.   Keep a constant tension […]

Do not resist change

Is someone afraid of change? Well, what can ever come to be without change? Or what is dearer or closer to the nature of the Whole than change? Can you yourself take your bath, if the wood that heats it is not changed…Can any of the benefits of life be achieved without change? Do you […]

All work and no play

Friendship, love, family and work bring some responsibilities. Resentful and angry, we may at times think that it’s all just chores; all work and no play.   Before you give in to bitterness, ask yourself: are you really compelled to do even half of those things you sometimes feel like you must do?  Do others really […]

Big Questions

Here are some very fundamental, big questions.   Go ahead, give them a go.  Even better if you write down your answers, and return to them once in a while. Task #1 Answer these. What is ultimately the most important thing in life to you? What do you want your life to ‘stand for’ or […]

Whatever anyone does or says

“Whatever anyone does or says, I must be a good man. It is as if an emerald, or gold or purple, were always saying: ‘Whatever anyone does or says, I must be an emerald, and keep my own colour.’” – Marcus Aurelius   This is always a timely reminder. It again boils down to the […]