Tuesday

April 15

WHAT use is there of suspicion at all? or, why should thoughts of mistrust, and suspicion concerning that which is future, trouble thy mind at all? What now is to be done, if thou mayest search and inquire into that, what needs thou care for more? And if thou art well able to perceive it alone, let no man divert thee from it. But if alone thou dost not so well perceive it, suspend thine action, and take advice from the best. And if there be anything else that doth hinder thee, go on with prudence and discretion, according to the present occasion and opportunity, still proposing that unto thyself, which thou dost conceive most right and just. For to hit that aright, and to speed in the prosecution of it, must needs be happiness, since it is that only which we can truly and properly be said to miss of, or, miscarry in.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book x. 13.

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  1. Why worry about the future? Look into what you can, and try to get the best advice. Then apply yourself to doing what seems to be the best course of action. Even if you fail, you will have done your best. Thus you will be active and tranquil, controlled and content. - Lessons from Marcus Aurelius

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  2. Do what you know is right now, living to the best of your knowledge. If you do this you will be active, controlled and content. Yesterday is a memory and tomorrow may never come, live fully in the present and wring all the juice out of life now.

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  3. Why do we keep staring off into the distance, concerned but ineffective? We cannot prevent the future anymore than we change the past. It is only in the present moment that our intent is made real, our actions brought to life, and our virtue exercised. Is there a coming event that you wish to affect? Then plan now, prepare now, practice now. Do what you can do now, and get the help you need to do it. If there is nothing you can do, then accept it as inevitable. Simply worrying about the future robs the past of its meaning and the present of its joy.

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  4. Dream of a better world, then plan for it now, and make it happen now. The key is to see the future, but work for it now. Even if (and it is very likely) that the plans you make will have to change, the work you do now, with justice, compassion, wisdom, moderation and courage, will be the most powerful thing to implement change. Going beyond the dreaming and fear of the future to making the difference now is what it means to master the Art of Living. We mustn't disconnect from the future, for then we are without aim. We mustn't disconnect from the past, for then we are without anchor. We must connect past and future in the present, for then, and only then, are we fulfilling the promise that is within each of us.

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