Marcus aurelius quote

Marcus Aurelius wrote,

You must build up your life action by action, and be content if each one achieves its goal as far as possible—and no one can keep you from this.

– Elizabeth Gilbert

“So tonight I reach for my journal again. This is the first time I’ve done this since I came to Italy. What I write in my journal is that I am weak and full of fear. I explain that Depression and Loneliness have shown up, and I’m scared they will never leave. I say that I don’t want to take the drugs anymore, but I’m frightened I will have to. I am terrified that I will never really pull my life together. In response, somewhere from within me, rises a now-familiar presence, offering me all the certainties I have always wished another person would say to me when I was troubled. This is what I find myself writing on the page:I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and Braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. Tonight, this strange interior gesture of friendship—the lending of a hand fromme to myself when nobody else is around to offer solace—reminds me of something that happened to me once in New York City. I walked into an office building one afternoon in a hurry, dashed into the waiting elevator. As I rushed in, I caught an unexpected glance of myself in a security mirror’s reflection. In that moment, my brain did an odd thing—it fired off this split-second message: “Hey! You know her! That’s a friend of yours!” And I actually ran forward toward my own reflection with a smile, ready to welcome that girl whose name I had lost but whose face was so familiar. In a flash instant of course, I realized my mistake and laughed in embarrassment at my almost doglike confusion over how a mirror works. But for some reason that incident comes to mind again tonight during my sadness in Rome, and I find myself writing this comforting reminder at the bottom of the page. Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a FRIEND…I fell asleep holding my notebook pressed against my chest, open to this most recent assurance. In the morning when I wake up, I can still smell a faint trace of depression’s lingering smoke, but he himself is nowhere to be seen. Somewhere during the night, he got up and left. And his buddy loneliness beat it, too.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

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November : a month to remember
With nights setting in early, and dawn a little later, it’s time to cuddle under your favourite blanket each morning, just a bit longer. Hot beverages replace cold ones, and winter jackets are pulled from the back of the closet and shaken out; ready for wear.

The holiday season is around the corner, and WhatsApp groups start to flood with winter getaway plans. Itinerates are drawn up, maps consulted and routes marked out, but not without today’s safety essentials, making it a holiday like no other before.

Come November and it’s time to string up bright, colourful lights, sharpen your rangoli- making skills and flaunt your best ethnic look as the light from diyas warm your home and mood. Diwali will certainly be different this year, but there’ll be no shortage of love, joy, gifts and sweets to go around. And the many fun events lined up are sure to make November special for everyone.

Some will get nostalgic about their carefree school days on ‘Children’s Day’, others will take up the annual ‘No-shave November’ challenge and a fair few might try their creative hand at the prestigious ‘NaNoWriMo’ project.

There’s plenty to look forward to in the coming month. But just like you, your customers are awaiting November too. And this makes it the perfect time for your brand to have some engaging festive conversations.  

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3-2-1 ThursdayNote: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (October 29, 2020)

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Welcome to 3-2-1 Thursday,

Happy Halloween! Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to ponder this week.



“Be “selectively ignorant.”

Ignore topics that drain your attention.

Unfollow people that drain your energy.

Abandon projects that drain your time.

Do not keep up with it all. The more selectively ignorant you become, the more broadly knowledgable you can be.”

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“Reading can teach you the best of what others already know.

Reflection can teach you the best of what only you can know.”

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“The math of success…

Results = (Hard Work*Time)^Strategy

Working hard is important, but working on the right thing is more important. A great strategy can deliver exponential results.

Of course, the best strategy is worth nothing if you never get to work. Zero to the millionth power is still zero.”



The writer Anais Nin on how to unlock a bigger, fuller life:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Source: The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 3: 1939-1944


Writer George Bernard Shaw on living a life that burns bright:

“This is the true joy in life:

being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;

being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

Source: Epistle Dedicatory from Man and Superman


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James Clear
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Creator of the Habit Journal

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