II. Let it be thy earnest and incessant care as a human being…


… to do whatever you undertake with true and genuine gravity, natural affection, freedom, and justice.

As for all other cares, and imaginations, find a way to relieve your mind of them.

And that will happen, if you go about every action as if it were your last… free from all vanity, all passionate and wilful disregard of reason, and from all hypocrisy, and self-love, and dislike of those things, which for whatever reason have happened to you.

It doesn’t require much more than that, for you to build a prosperous and divine life.

– Marcus Aurelius – Book 2, Paragraph II (my version)


This is a good reminder for me to stay involved in my own life. To live my life to the fullest, no matter how “trivial” things may seem. To take myself and my well-being seriously, and do my best to be the best person possible, in any given situation.

I needed this reminder today. I hope it helps you, too.