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February 26th: To each his own
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Another has done me wrong? Let him see to it. He has his own tendencies and his own affairs. What I have now is what the common nature has willed, and what I endeavor to accomplish now is what my nature wills. —Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.25

Abraham Lincoln occasionally got fuming mad with a subordinate, one of his generals, even a friend. Rather than taking it out on that person directly, he'd write a long letter, outlining his case why they were wrong and what he wanted them to know. Then Lincoln would fold it up, put the letter in the desk drawer, and never send it. Many of these letters survive only by chance.

He knew, as the former emperor of Rome knew, that it's easy to fight back. It's tempting to give them a piece of your mind. But you almost always wish you hadn't sent the letter. Think of the last time you flew off the handle. What was the outcome? Was there any benefit?



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

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