The Rivers Daily Muse ep. 6

Lee Rivers

Hello All,

Appologies for my lack of post yesterday, we had a coaches' meeting during my usual writing time and I completely forgot to go back to work following our conference call (not very mindful of me, was it?).

It's natural, after reading all of the philosophies in my research, I have wound up flipping through the thoughts of one of history's (and my) favorite thinkers: Marcus Aurelius. I appreciate Marcus Aurelius for many reasons, but most of all because he worked tirelessly to keep a level and ethical head despite the fact he was the most powerful man in the world at the time. He did not let his position corrupt him. It is apparent through his writings that his personal philosophies were shaped by the stresses and worries that came along with his position, and he developed his stoic attitudes to help him manage his power.

Here's a little blurb about Marcus Aurelius from dailystoic.com (a great IG page to follow, too, if you don't already):

"Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor, born nearly two millennia ago (121 – 180). Marcus became the Emperor of the Roman Empire in 161 and ruled for nearly two decades until his death in 180. It is important to realize the gravity of that position and the magnitude of power that Marcus possessed. He held one of—if not the most—powerful positions in the world at the time. If he chose to, nothing would be off limits. There is a reason the adage that power in absolute absolutely corrupts has been repeated throughout history—it unfortunately tends to be true. And yet, as the essayist Matthew Arnold remarked, Marcus proved himself worthy of the position he was in. Marcus has only one core work, which was actually never intended for publication: his Meditations (originally titled “To Himself”). This is not only one of greatest books ever written but perhaps the only book of its kind. It is the definitive text on self-discipline, personal ethics, humility, self-actualization and strength."

I want to hone in on one of these meditations in particular: 

“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” 

We have a lot of time to think these days, and, thanks to technology, the means to easily share these thoughts with friends and family. Hold positive thoughts in your mind and bring about the same tendency in others. Do not give way to apathy and boredom. Do not let frustration and stagnantion become your norm. Be happy, be silly, bring your light to those around you and let this time shape your mind for the better. And while you do it, keep this other quote form Marcus Aurelius in mind:

"Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging.”