People aren’t in awe of your sharp mind? So be it. But you have many other qualities you can’t claim to have been deprived of at birth. Display then those qualities in your own power: honesty, dignity, endurance, chastity, contentment, frugality, kindness, freedom, persistence, avoiding gossip, and magnanimity.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.5
What’s the point of that behavior? Does it make us feel better? If so, so what. What “you” are we “making” feel one way or another? When we’re making choices that make *you* “feel” better, unless otherwise engaged in self-care, is doing nothing but strengthening our egos.
If we change the focus to things that we DO have in our strengths-bag, we can choose to enter with our strengths and not our perceived deficits, we can choose to be happy, chaste, thrifty, persistent, courageous, virtuous… we can choose to be however we wish to be.
We’re made for these things, we’re made for virtue… why not choose virtue?
It takes work to continually choose virtue, so why not show off the qualities that have taken us a great amount of work to build?
(See y’all tomorrow)