How to Act (from Marcus Aurelius)

Never under compulsion, out of selfishness,

without forethought, with misgivings.

Don’t gussy up your thoughts.

No surplus words or unnecessary actions.

Let the spirit in you represent a person who moves forward like a soldier patiently awaiting your recall from life. Needing no oath or witness.

Cheerfulness. Without requiring other people’s help. Or serenity supplied by others.

To stand up straight-not straightened.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (edited by PAT).

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