Meditations, Book II, Part IV

“Why should any of these things that happen externally distract you? Give yourself leisure to learn some good thing, and cease roving and wandering to and fro. You must also take heed of another kind of wandering, for they are idle in their actions, who toil and labour in this life, and have no certain scope to which to direct all their motions, and desires.”

(1) One shouldn’t let oneself be bothered, carried off, or caused to lose focus because of people, comments, or behaviors that are outside of one’s control.

(2) One should follow through on goals. 


Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Twelfth Book, Part 6

“Let these be the objects of your ordinary thinking: to consider what kind of people both in soul and body we ought to be, when death surprises us, the shortness of our mortal life, the immense vastness of time that came before us, and will be after us, and the impermanent nature of every worldly material object..”