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Monday, January 14, 2013

Meditations XXXXVI

From Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations":

“Receive temporal blessings without ostentation, when they are sent and you will be able to part with them with all readiness and facility when they are taken from you again.”

"The lord giveth, and the lord taketh away." The less attached I am to the good things of this world that fall into my lap, the easier it will be to part with them when they inevitably disappear. All good things must come to an end, as Shakespeare once wrote.

I always find it interesting how closely stoic philosophy aligns with Buddhist teaching; detachment from material goods, or at least detachment from a desire for material goods is a central tenet in both.

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