The Emperor’s Handbook…

The Emperor’s Handbook” by Marcus Aurelius

A new translation of The Meditations by C. Scott Hicks and David V. Hicks

“Mind” my Flavour (December Beta)

Typically in this section I pick just one quote, but I recommend a good read of the entire book – The Emperor’s Handbook. Anyone who has delved into previous translations of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, will appreciate this current rendition by the Hicks brothers.

I was gifted this translation by a student of mine (Thank you, again) and started reading it as I waited for my bike hitch to be attached to my car. Right about page 20, I began to get lost in the verses and gladly so. Two hours went by and I had not noticed.

It is an easy and relevant read. Like many insights in life, the message itself isn’t new but a verse or two will ignite or rekindle a revelation anew. I will share one that I have chosen to become a daily meditation for work (you might find yourself adopting it too):

First thing every morning tell yourself: today I am going to meet a busybody, an ingrate, a bully, a liar, a schemer and a boor. Ignorance of good and evil has made them what they are. But I know that the good is by nature beautiful and the bad ugly, and I know that these wrong-doers are by nature my brothers, not by blood or breeding, but by being similarly endowed with reason and sharing in the divine. None of them can harm me, for none can force me to do wrong against my will, and I cannot be angry with a brother or resent him, for we were born into this world to work together like the feet, hands, eyelids, and upper and lower rows of teeth. To work against one another is contrary to nature, and what could be more like working against someone than resenting or abandoning him? – Book Two, Verse 1.

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