Emails from a modern Stoic – Letter 5

Think about it, wild animals run from the dangers they actually see, and once they have escaped them worry no more. We however are distressed by our past and future. A number of our gifts do us harm. Memory brings back the agony of fear while foresight brings it on prematurely. No one confines their unhappiness to the present.

“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.” – Marcus Aurelius

"It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own." - Marcus Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marucus Aurelius

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." - Marucus Aurelius