We can remove most sins if we have a witness standing by as we are about to go wrong. The soul should have someone it can respect, by whose example it can make its inner sanctum more inviolable. Happy is the person who can improve others, not only when present, but even when in their thoughts!”
(Seneca, Moral Letters, 11.9)
Are these people heroes? Are they mentors? Maybe.
I see them more as simple models of how we’d like to live. Someone to keep us on track. A person to look to when we need to be better than the summary of our fears in the moment.
Find someone. Remember, they’re human, and one thing to look in your learning from them… is how they model forgiveness and healing.
Now, take that exemplar and have them at your side all the time, like Seneca advises.
Better yet, make it a REAL person instead of a person from history, long gone.
It’s less likely we’ll screw up if there’s someone with us, checking and balancing.
Get your own Cato… and be a Cato for someone else.
(See y’all tomorrow)