I have been reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, outlining his ideas on the Stoic philosophy.
The one word that I will remember the book by is “perspective.”
“Keep perspective” seems to be the one piece of advice Marcus reflects on the most.
He does this by constantly reminding himself of death.
In doing so, he reflects on the futility of chasing fame and sensory pleasures. And, he does not seem to get tired of reminding himself of his place in the world, that of an evolutionary speck, in these reflections.
Marcus Aurelius was probably the most powerful person in the world at the time. So, the nature of these notes in his book are all the more impressive given the immense power he held.
He clearly passed his stoic examinations with flying colors.
As I read Meditations and reflected on the week that went by, I realised how sorely I missed keeping perspective.
More work to do, I have.