Monday 6/1

Against a 6 minute clock
800m run
Max rep Overhead Squat @ 115/75

 

While the below ‘lessons’ aren’t specifically aimed at achieving goals as such, more toward general resiliency and perseverance; I still think there is some value to be gleaned from the lessons below.

Ask yourself how you can apply some or all of these lessons to your life to help you be a happier person, a more fulfilled person. You may even be able to substitute a few key words her and there and use the lessons to guide your progress toward your health and fitness goals.

For example: “You are the only person responsible for your happiness” can easily become “You are the only person responsible for your progress”. Do you often find yourself wrapped up in something you don’t have to be as a result of feelings of responsibility/duty/guilt? Are these things keeping you from preparing the meals you’d like to or attending the gym as much as you’d prefer? Let go of them and take responsibility for your own self first. You’ll be much better served in the long run and ultimately more helpful to all those you feel duty towards when you are on your way towards your goals.

 

From Business Insider.com

7 Timeless Lessons From ‘Philosopher King’ Marcus Aurelius

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled from 161 to 180 AD, and developed a reputation for being the ideal wise leader Plato termed the “philosopher king.”

Marcus has remained relevant for 1,800 years largely due to his writings collected as “Meditations,” which President Bill Clinton has said is one of his favorite books.

“Meditations” is not a typical philosophical treatise. It’s closer to a diary. Marcus wrote the 12 books that make it up sometime during the last decade of his life. “That this was a dark and stressful period for him can hardly be doubted,” Gregory Hays writes in the introduction to his translation of Marcus’ original Greek. The emperor was faced with constant fighting, the rebellion of his general Cassius, the deaths of his wife and close friend, and the realization that his son Commodus was destined to be a bad ruler.

He dealt with these hardships by turning to philosophy, specifically the Stoicism of the ancient Greeks and his contemporary Roman philosophers. “Meditations” reveals that Marcus remained in control of his emotions through the beliefs that nature unfolds in a perfect way and that one must accept that they cannot change the past or what other people feel in their hearts.

We went through Hays’ translation and picked out some key points on one of the main themes of “Meditations,” how to recover from massive setbacks.

Here are some of the philosopher king’s timeless lessons on how to be resilient:

Don’t worry about people whose actions don’t affect the common good.

Your energy and time are both limited, so don’t waste them on what inconsequential people are doing, thinking, and saying, when you could be focusing on your own issues.

Live in the present.

“Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see,” Marcus writes.

Refrain from imposing your feelings onto reality.

Your company collapses, your house burns down, you lose all your money — none of these are “bad” (or “good” for that matter), according to Marcus’ philosophy. When you see things as what they really are, you’re able to avoid succumbing to your emotions and accept what has happened.

Turn an obstacle into an opportunity.

Ryan Holiday’s new book “The Obstacle Is the Way” is based off this Stoic fundamental, which says that we should use inevitable challenges as a chance to become a stronger person. Holiday likes Nassim Taleb’s definition of a Stoic, who is someone who “transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.”

Find peace within yourself.

Marcus writes that people try to retreat from their problems and responsibilities by going somewhere like the mountains or the beach, but that travel isn’t necessary to recollect yourself. He advocates a kind of brief meditation, where you withdraw into yourself and quiet your mind.

Don’t resent people for their character.

If someone’s character flaw has caused one of your problems, do not exert energy trying to change that person’s character. Let things go. “You might as well resent a fig tree for secreting juice,” Marcus says.

You are the only person responsible for your happiness.

“Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been,” Marcus writes. Furthermore, the only way people can truly harm you is if they change your character.

 

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