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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Meditations XXXIX

From Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations":

“The art of true living in this world is more like a wrestler’s, than a dancer’s practice. For in this they both agree, to teach a man whatsoever falls upon him, that he may be ready for it, and that nothing may cast him down.”

True living is like a wrestler's practice: learning to handle the things life throws at us without being thrown to the ground. Some days, when the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" seem to come non-stop, it is worth remembering that all I need to do is stay on my feet today, so that I can carry on tomorrow.

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