5 Quotes That Will Change Your Life By Marcus Aurelius
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Marcus Aurelius is a Roman emperor who ruled from 161–180 CE and best known for his Meditation in Stoic philosophy. It was a definitive text on self-discipline, personal ethics, humility, self — actualization, and strength.
Stoic philosophy asserts that virtue (such as wisdom) is happiness, and judgment should be base on behavior, rather than words and that we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses — Daily Stoic.
According to famous historian Edward Gibbon in his “Five Good Emperors,” what separated Marcus Aurelius from the majority of past and present world leaders was the guidance of wisdom and virtue.
Here are 5 life quotes that will change your life, you may have heard some of it, but it’s worth pondering.
“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
The truth is, there are things in life that we take for granted — the roof on our heads, food on our tables, and clothes we wear. We don’t appreciate these things because it is provided to us, or we have the means to have it for ourselves, or some are privileged enough to have it, and we expect it always to be there. Yet, we seek for more and ask for more.
But how about those people who lack these necessities in life — no food, clothes, shelter and even water? What they want is just the basics in life to continue living, yet they don’t have them.
As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” you do not have to experience how to have nothing, be grateful.
We must be grateful for what we have, we all go through life’s ups and downs, it may crash us or may lift us at times but being thankful no matter what life throws at us can give us the reason to go on with our lives and see things differently.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
When you ask people what happiness is, you will get different answers. That’s because happiness can have a different meaning to all of us, and it comes in different ways.
Happiness is a choice and will always be an individual’s choice. Anyone or nobody should dictate it. Sometimes people tend to associate their happiness to the people around them — they are emotionally dependent on them. And sometimes it is measured by the things they have like money, fame, social status and achievements. When any of these fails or won’t go the way they wanted it to be, it makes them sad, frustrated, unhappy, and they would think life is unfair.
Yeah, I know I’ve said happiness is a choice, but sometimes some people need to go through life uncertainties or failures for them to realize and appreciate the small things that can make them happy.
“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question, what fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize.”
People would always find a way to criticize someone or somebody. However, some criticism is quite acceptable if it’s something that might affect your job in the future, but being criticized is never a pleasant experience, especially if it’s pulling people down.
Some people feel good when they criticize others because it makes them feel at the top of everyone else, or they have unmet needs that are not being satisfied.
The coronavirus pandemic affected 213 countries, areas, or territories according to the World Health Organization(WHO) as of this writing and more than 2 million confirmed cases worldwide. Because of this, some countries are strictly implementing quarantine and social distancing to avoid transmission, yet there are still a lot of people who’re not taking part in it for different reasons.
At this point, criticizing won’t help in stopping this pandemic. It’s our cooperation, which is important. No one is perfect. The same goes for the government we have, and for those countries which are greatly affected by this pandemic. It is just right that they would do whatever health measures to ensure the safety of its people; however, a lot of people are keeping on complaining and worse criticizing them because of this.
It is easier for us to criticize someone, but if we are the ones being criticized, we can’t put up with it.
“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”
How do you define a good man? Do you think you’re a good person?
It is our actions that we carry out that defines our character. Human as we are, we have a lot of shortcomings and flaws, we are not perfect. We have both our good and our bad side or negative qualities.
When things are not going our way, our real character reveals itself. At some point in our lives, we encounter people whom we won’t get along well, selfish people, people who don’t appreciate our good deeds or mindless people who will try to pull us down. Life situations and circumstances will test us, and how we react to it will give others their perception towards us.
Let us try to be the best person we could be, be good, be kind and live our lives doing what we think is right. Remember that our actions and reactions can leave a mark and will be remembered by others.
“Understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then to advance your enlightenment, or it will be gone, and never in your power again.”
The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically affected the world. Even the most influential countries and the wealthiest countries are struggling to fight for it. Economies are plunging, businesses shutting down, and millions are unemployed. Every day the number of people getting infected is increasing; although some recovered, the death tolls are also rising.
This situation that we are in teaches us a lot of things, it makes us realize how precious time is and death is inevitable. We only live once.
Time is something we all possess, but once it’s over, you can never get more of it no matter how much money you have in your bank account or how influential you are.
We need to make the use of our lives and our time well, who knows when it will run out? Make the most out of it.