Daily Touch of Inspirations

October 9th: Set the standards and use them

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

When the standards have been set, things are tested and weighed. And the work of philosophy is just this, to examine and uphold the standards, but the work of a truly good person is in using those standards when they know them. — Epictetus, Discourses, 2.11.23-25


We go through our days responding and reacting, but it's rare to really pause and ask: Is this thing I'm about to do consistent with what I believe? Or, better: Is this the kind of thing the person I would like to be should do?

The work of living is to set standards and then not compromise them. When you're brushing your teeth, choosing your friends, losing your temper, falling in love, instructing your child, or walking your dog — all of these are opportunities.

No, I want to do good — that's an excuse. But, I will do good in this particular instance, right now. Set a standard; hold fast to it. That's all there is.

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

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