“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.” ― Marcus Aurelius
Today was a day of recovery. I arose with the best of intentions and the worst of follow through. My highlights included coffee with my dear stepmother and a nap by the fireplace. Both kids went back to school, after what feels like an eternity of illnesses beginning with the Norovirus and ending with Covid. Today my equanimity was certainly upset.
One of the most useful practices I’ve gleaned from the ancient stoics is the importance of daily practice. My words do not need to be masterful, nor entirely coherent to be effective, but it is certain that they will not exist if I do not write them. Writing is a tool for reflecting my perceptions back to me. If I do not write, nothing will happen, which is precisely why I must continue to write.
Today I will work on my habitual recurrence to harmony so I may better master it. 🙂