I'm guessing that Marcus Aurelius would have appreciated some "Kratom in his cup"
“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work—as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for—the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?
—But it’s nicer here…
So you were born to feel ‘nice’? Instead of doings things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?
—But we have to sleep sometime…
Agreed. But nature set a limit on that—as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota. You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.”
@babel-17 I wonder how old he was and how long and hard he worked before he wrote that. 🤔
After 51 years of working I will be retiring on July 2. My body is worn out, in constant pain, and very tired. 😱
Thank God for kratom to help give me the energy boost and pain relief to get out of bed. 👍
The only thing I want to do now is spend my remaining time with my family. Especially my grandkids. 🤗 😍
My Grandkids say I’m a cuckoo head. 😉
Going by wikipedia, he should have been from 39 to 59 years old when writing that.
I think he was more or less addressing his acquaintances, who'd have been Roman aristocrats, or at least Romans of a class who could afford to study philosophy, and so totally able to not have to lift a finger for anything.
He was using the working class as an example of people with traits to be admired.