Daily Touch of Inspirations

August 3rd: The good life is anywhere

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

At this moment you aren't on a journey, but wandering about being driven from place to place, even though what you seek — to live well — is found in all places more full of confusion than the Forum? Yet even there you can live at peace, if needed. — Seneca, Moral Letters, 28.5b-6a


A well-known writer once complained that after becoming successful, wealthy friends were always inviting him to their beautiful, exotic houses. "Come to our home in the south of France," they would say. Or, "Our Swiss ski chalet is a wonderful place to write." The writer traveled the world, living in luxury, hoping to find inspiration and creativity in these inspiring manors and mansions. Yet it rarely happened. There was always the allure of another, better house. There were always distractions, always so many things to do — and the writer's block and insecurity that plagues creative types traveled with him wherever he went.

We tell ourselves that we need the right setup before we finally buckle down and get serious. Or we tell ourselves that some vacation or time alone will be good for a relationship or an ailment. This is self-deceit at its finest.

It's far better that we become pragmatic and adaptable — able to do what we need to do anywhere, anytime. The place to do your work, to live the good life, is here.

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

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