Daily touch of inspirations: May 03
Daily Touch of Inspirations
May 3rd: Show, not tell, what you know
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Those who receive the bare theories immediately want to spew them, as an upset stomach does its food. First digest your theories and you won't throw them up. Otherwise they will be raw, spoiled, and not nourishing. After you've digested them, show us the changes in your reasoned choices, just like the shoulders of gymnasts display their diet and training, and as the craft of artisans show in what they've learned. —Epictetus, Discourses, 3.21.1-3
Many of the Stoic aphorisms are simple to remember and even sound smart when quoted. But that's what philosophy is when "one brings together sound teaching with sound conduct."
Today, or anytime, when you catch yourself wanting to condescendingly drop some knowledge that you have, grab it and ask: Would I be better saying words or letting my actions and choices illustrate that knowledge for me?
The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living
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