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July 16th: Progress of the soul

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

To what service is my soul committed? Constantly ask yourself this and thoroughly examine yourself by seeing how you relate to that part called the ruling principle. Whose soul do I have now? Do I have that of a child, a youth... a tyrant, a pet, or a wild animal? — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.11


To what are you committed? What cause, what mission?, what purpose? What are you doing? And more important, why are you doing it? How does what you do everyday reflect, in some way, the values you claim to care about? Are you acting in a way that's consistent with something you value, or are you wandering, unmoored to anything other than your own ambition?

When you examine these questions, you might be uncomfortable with the answers. That's good. That means you've taken the first step to correcting your behavior — to being better than those wild creatures Marcus mentions. It also means you're close to discovering what your duty calls you to do in life. And once you discover it, you've moved a little bit close to fulfilling it.

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

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