Now thinking like a Roman emperor – @DonJRobertson

Highly recommended!

This week, I finished Donald Robertson’s new book How To Think Like a Roman Emperor. And, what a remarkable book it is.

It succeeds in being a practical introduction to Stoicism whilst combining biography, history, psychotherapy and philosophy. Each chapter uses a period in Marcus’s life to illustrate an issue, for example, conquering desire or relinquishing fear. It describes Marcus’s situation, then demonstrates Stoic exercises that deal with the topic in question.

The result is both engaging and practical. It takes you beyond a “words to live by” approach and towards a Stoic routine and practice.

Definitely worth a read.

I also found this interview with the author.

Echoes through time: you take yourself along

What good will new countries do you? What use is touring cities and sites? All your dashing about is useless in the end. Do you ask why your flight is of no avail? You take yourself along.

You must shed the load that is on your mind: until you do that, no place will be pleasing to you.

Seneca (4 BC – AD 65),  Moral Letters to Lucilius (28.2)

Modern Stoicism, stress and freelancing – @StoicWeek

The Modern Stoicism site has just posted an expanded version of Freelancing, Stoicism and Stress. I am both grateful and humbled.

Hopefully, fellow independent professionals will find it informative and perhaps useful, too.

Many thanks to Modern Stoicism’s editor Greg Sadler for his support.

The Modern Stoicism article is here.

The shorter original, elsewhere on this site, is here.

Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash

Echoes through time: to look things in the face

The first rule is, to keep an untroubled spirit; for all things must bow to Nature’s law, and soon enough you must vanish into nothingness, like Hadrian and Augustus.

The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are, remembering that it is your duty to be a good man. Do without flinching what man’s nature demands; say what seems to you most just – though with courtesy, modesty and sincerity.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.5)

Image: Andrew Munro: young Marcus Aurelius, bust from Temple of Flora, Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire