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Inspiration – Working Together

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“Begin each morning by saying to yourself:
Today I will meet people who are nosy, ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, and unsocial.
They can’t help it—they are ignorant of the difference between good and bad.
But I, who know the difference, also know that I share the same human nature with them.
I can’t be angry with my fellow humans.
We were made to work together, like pairs of hands, feet, eyelids, or rows of teeth.
To hate each other is against the laws of nature.
No one can hurt me but myself, for no one else can make me forsake the good and embrace the bad”.*

~ Marcus Aurelius

May we all come to see this wisdom and work together.



*Aurelius, Marcus. The Meditations: An Emperor’s Guide to Mastery (Stoic Philosophy Book 2) (p. 11). Ancient Renewal. Kindle Edition.

19 comments on “Inspiration – Working Together

  1. Working together is so much easier, isn’t it?

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  2. Marcus Aurelius was such an interesting person. And his wisdom is timeless. Thanks for sharing, Val.

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  3. Another of his poignant quotes:

    “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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  4. Michael Audley

    Please send Daily.

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  5. Well said.

    Every time I used to react to people’s unkindness or bad humour, I would feel it deep within soul.
    Nowadays, I have to keep reminding myself that it is my mind reacting.

    I can choose to feel that way or I can chose to be happy (despite someone else’s bad humour or unkind words0. I have a choice whether to have bad mind, or good mind. It is the other person who has the problem, not me.

    I also have to remind myself that we all have good days and bad days. It is the very nature of living in modern society.

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  6. What an amazing quote, Val. I love it. I would NEVER have attributed it to Marcus Aurelius.

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  7. This is wisdom Val. Whatever we are experiencing outside of ourselves is within us. Difficult to accept, but always healing when we say yes to this truth.

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