For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
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October 8th: A higher pleasure
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
1 John 3:18-24 New International Version (NIV)
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him,and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
Its always easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble
Ernie Zelinski | 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting
Think of some of the great difficulties that you have experienced over the years — ones that you invited into your life on some level or another. This applies to financial dilemmas, dysfunctional relationships, speeding tickets, lawsuits, time- wasting arguments, health problems, and family feuds. For good measure, you can add any other predicament that you could have bypassed in some way or form. Wouldn't it have been easier to avoid these situations than trying to get out of them later?
What's left to be prized? This, I think -- to limit our action or inaction to only what's in keeping with the needs of our own preparation... it's what the exertions of education and teaching are all about -- here is the thing to be prized! If you hold this firmly, you'll stop trying to get yourself all the other things... If you don't you won't be free, self sufficient, or liberated from passion, but necessarily full of envy, jealousy, and suspicion for any who have the power to take them, and you'll plot against those who do have what you prize... But by having some self respect for your own mind and prizing it, you will please yourself and be in better harmony with your fellow human beings, and more in tune with the gods- praising everything the have set in order and allotted you.
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations,6.16.2b-4a—
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December 24th: Meaningless... like a fine wine
Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living