Daily Touch of Inspirations

August 1st: Don't go expecting perfection

Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

That cucumber is bitter, so toss it out! There are thorns on the path, then keep away! Enough said. Why ponder the existence of nuisance? Such thinking would make you laughing stock to the true student of Nature, just as a carpenter or cobbler would laugh if you pointed out the sawdust and chips on the floors of their shops. Yet while those shopkeepers have dustbins for disposal, Nature has no need of them. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.50


We want things to go perfectly, so we tell ourselves that we'll get started or once we have our bearings. When, really, it'd be better to focus on making do with how things actually are.

Marcus reminded himself: "Don't await the perfection of Plato's Republic." He wasn't expecting the world to be exactly the way he wanted it to be, but Marcus knew instinctively, as the Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper would later write, that "he alone can do good who knows what things are like and what their situation is."

Today, we won't let our honest understanding of the world stop us from trying to make the best of it. Nor will we let petty annoyances and minor obstacles get in the way of the important job we have to do.

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living

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