Mindset Mondays with DTK – Ep #051 – Choose excellence!My youngest son, a high-school senior, is evidently quite the Stoic. He started off our morning by asking me “Why does this consciousness have to have a flesh vessel?” There are so many things I could have said … the best I could muster in the moment was "Wow! What brought up that brilliant question?"The Stoics had a very grounded perspective on death. Considering the state of medicine at the time (300 BCE – c175 CE), that actually served them well. It was also very liberating. Epictetus wrote: 'you are a little soul carrying around a corpse.' Choosing to focus on our soul and our deeds rather than our appearance or possessions grants us remarkable freedom and clarity. Seneca the Younger took that even further by focusing down to 'how' one lives:“Life is like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”You are the cast.The plot is yours to create.The script is written by you as you go.It is you who gives the story life. ACTION!What are you waiting for?

Posted by David Taylor-Klaus on Monday, January 28, 2019

Mindset Mondays with DTK – Ep #051 – Choose excellence!

My youngest son, a high-school senior, is evidently quite the Stoic. He started off our morning by asking me “Why does this consciousness have to have a flesh vessel?” There are so many things I could have said … the best I could muster in the moment was “Wow! What brought up that brilliant question?”

The Stoics had a very grounded perspective on death. Considering the state of medicine at the time (300 BCE – c175 CE), that actually served them well. It was also very liberating. Epictetus wrote: ‘you are a little soul carrying around a corpse.’ Choosing to focus on our soul and our deeds rather than our appearance or possessions grants us remarkable freedom and clarity. Seneca the Younger took that even further by focusing down to ‘how’ one lives:

“Life is like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”

You are the cast.
The plot is yours to create.
The script is written by you as you go.
It is you who gives the story life. ACTION!

What are you waiting for?

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