Friday, January 13
THIS WEEK’S LESSON
Today’s Excerpt: Discuss this quote from the Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
“Early in the morning, when you are reluctant in your laziness to get up, let this thought be at hand: “I am rising to do the work of a human being.” Even though I know this, why am I still resentful if I am going out to do that for which I was born and that for which I was brought into the Cosmos? Or was I created so that I could lie under my covers and keep warm? “But this is more pleasant,” you might say. Were you brought into this world simply to feel pleasure, that is, to be acted upon by feelings rather than to act? Have you not considered the plants, the birds, the ants, the spiders, and the bees, all doing their specific work and contributing to the Cosmos, each according to their unique capacities?”
- Can you relate to what he’s describing — the desire to stay in bed? What is calling to you right now in life?