Stoic Sunday

We often tend to complicate our lives needlessly, imagining ourselves juggling an overwhelming array of responsibilities. In truth, we can only tackle one task at a time.

Anand Swamy

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Concentrate every minute like a Roman — like a man — on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can — if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, and irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

We often tend to complicate our lives needlessly, imagining ourselves juggling an overwhelming array of responsibilities. In truth, we can only tackle one task at a time.

I concede that it’s more challenging today, thanks to the constant allure of novelty at our fingertips. Our digital devices have undoubtedly added significant value to society. However, they’ve also trapped many into a digital pseudo-reality for the majority of their days.

With age, I’ve grown more indifferent to life’s demands. Even the most mundane chores or a delectable morsel of food can be approached with joy. All of life’s duties can seamlessly blend into this joyful existence. When we allow our emotions to partition our lives into categories (work, leisure, family, and more), I believe we miss the chance to truly harmonize with ourselves.

With love,
Anand

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Anand Swamy

I write about personal development and self awareness.