Meditations Book 2 by Marcus Aurelius, a reflection.
“Say to yourself first thing in the morning, today I will meet people who are meddling, ungrateful, aggressive, treacherous, malicious, unsocial. All this has afflicted them through their ignorance of true good and evil. But I have seen that the nature of good is what is right, and the nature of the evil what is wrong…”Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.1
The quality of our life depends on every decision that we make.
Getting up in the morning is sometimes one of the hardest decisions to make. Even Marcus finds it difficult too. Several times he exhorts himself to early meditation. If it were easy, everybody would be a morning person or nobody would be late for work.
What is the role of getting up in the morning in improving the quality of our life?
The point of setting up the alarm the night before is to ready ourselves with the plan we set out the next day. When our alarm rings, we have to wake up. It is a stimulant for our brains to do work and be productive. It is a starting pistol to make a sale online, to put food on the table, to write a blog, to read books, or to basically start doing essential works that will help us survive and/or keep us sane.
Why do we snooze the alarm we set the night before?
There is no point in setting up the alarm if we will only snooze it off. One reason we snooze it off is that we have the option to snooze the alarm off. The other is because we are ignorant of its adverse effect. Snoozing it off means delaying the work we set out for the day.
We want to have positive results, but we snooze it off. We want to earn profit from our business, but we snooze it off. We want to get the promotion we deserve, but we snooze it off. See that. We do not just snooze the alarms off, we also snooze off the opportunities that could improve the quality of our lives.
The first decision that we make for the day is to actually get up and get started. It is a decision that beats our feeling of being lazy. It is a decision that conquers the thought that usually stops us from moving or making progress.
So the next time we set the alarm, when it rings, get up and get started.
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1. The Meditations By Marcus Aurelius.
2. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.
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