No One Loses Any Life Other Than The One He Lives

Meditations Book 2 by Marcus Aurelius, a reflection.

“Even if you were destined to live three thousand years, or ten times that long, nevertheless remember that no one loses any life other than the one he lives, or lives any life other than the one he loses.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.14

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Contrary to a popular product tag line “just do it”, do not just do it. Do not just play the sport. Do not just write blogs. Do not just read books. Do not just go to work. Do not just do things for the sake of doing it. But do it with the proper frame of mind.

Similarly, do not just live our life. Do not just wander in the myriad opportunities that life offers. Do not just imitate what others are already doing. Do not just expect that things will work out fine because we do it. Do not always romanticize the idea of trial-and-error. But do it with the right reason and for the right purpose.

We do not always try to always fail. Often, when we fail, we become discouraged. Imagine the ugly reality and eminent side effects of not having the desire to do things because of discouragement. Keep in mind that it is okay to be discouraged sometimes. But, it is never okay to quit.

It is because of doing and trying that we get to experience life. We learn from our mistakes. We plan our next move towards self-improvement. Every attempt brings us one step closer to the things we want to achieve or to the person we want to become.

People who know the motion of their own soul knows how to live their life.

People who know the motion of their own soul knows how to live their life. People who find a balance when uncertainties become too much. People who persevere when their guts say it is worth the wait or the struggle. People who never quit are the ones who never lose the life that they live.

When something happens to us, we decide how it will affect us.

Will we try to do something and live the experience?

Or will we remain discouraged to try and be in oblivion?

Remember, no one loses any life other than the one he lives.


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Sources:
1. The Meditations By Marcus Aurelius.
2. 
The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.

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