EPISODE 282 Marcus Aurelius was widely regarded as the last of the five good emperors. His thinking, meditations and writing have inspired thousands. Today, learn some of the best lessons from this great thinker.
CONTENT WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
Lesson 1: Want what you have. Find joy in what you currently have, instead of always wanting more. The last thing you need is to get on the Hamster Wheel of Discontent. The desire for more is a dissatisfaction that never ends.
Lesson 2: Everything in your life is absolutely neutral. When something happens is our reaction and perception that causes our unhappiness. If you perceive events to be negative, they will be negative. If you perceive them as positive, you will find positivity.
Lesson 3: Practice separation. We do not control the vast majority of external events in our lives. You choose how you react. Separate your life into two buckets; things you can control and things you cannot.
Lesson 4: Assume voluntary discomfort. By creating discomfort in our lives we gain valuable perspective and gratefulness for all that we have. Some of the benefits we derive from learning to live with discomfort are perseverance and grit.
Lesson 5: Always remember that your most precious asset is never money, it is your time. You can always earn money back, but once time passes you can never get it back. Don’t let money be your happiness thermometer.
QUOTES BY CHRIS
“Everything you require for happiness, you already possess.”
“Worry less about things you can’t control and focus on what you can.”
Is your life too easy? Kick in some self-discipline and enjoy the journey a little more!
QUESTION OF THE DAY
“In a minute or less, give me two of the best pieces of advice that you can.” -Felicia, Minnesota