Throw open the windows of your soul

I don’t know why I’ve always liked these words from Marcus Aurelius; I know they may sound a bit harsh, at first glance.

But I think he is on to something here. These words motivate me to think more deeply about how I am living and what parts of my life, my soul may need some “fresh air.”

“Remember how long you have procrastinated, and how consistently you have failed to put to good use your suspended sentence from the gods.

 It is about time you realized the nature of the universe (of which you are a part) and of the power that rules it (to which your part owes its existence).

 Your days are numbered.

 Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun.

 If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.”

 (Marcus Aurelius, 121 – 180)

Jenny Rankin