Simple

become simple.

-Marcus Aurelius

How is your life complicated? How many of these complications are results of your own thinking and of your own actions? Eliminate the unnecessary clutter of your daily thinking and acting. Create your purpose on a daily basis and unwaveringly abide by your overall vision with your thoughts and actions. Increasing your focus will decrease your feelings of being overwhelmed by complications.

Dig

Dig within yourself. There lies the source of good; a source whose waters will forever well up, if you but forever dig.

-Marcus Aurelius

How do you look inward on a daily basis? Are you constantly consuming food, sights, and sounds without ever questioning if they’re good for you? To dig within is to practice the skill of inner dialogue. Talking to yourself, not out loud, or sometimes out loud, is the best way to practice introspection.

 

The Present

Everywhere and at all times, it is up to you to rejoice piously at what is occurring at the present moment, to conduct yourself with justice towards the people who are present here and now…

-Marcus Aurelius

For how much of your day are you present? The present moment is a gift. This perspective alone makes for a happier life. Gratitude is a greater starting point for living than desire. Being present means appreciating the now, right now.