Daily Journey – December 15th – A Simple Way To Measure Our Days

We have a lot of different social construct that try to tell us what success looks like. Some focus on money and material objects like the best house or car. Others gauge success by gathering experiences and knowledge. Gaining power and influence may even be considered by some as a sign of success. These goals can be laudable and healthy, but the stoics taught a simpler measure of success that encircles all these other measures.
 
Did you live today like it was your last?
 
What would it take to live your last day without it being in a frenzy, wallowing in laziness, or pretending everything is just fine? What should you have already done to be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for the end of your days?
 
Everyday is getting you closer to that last final moment.
 
Your physical health will help determine where and how those last days are spent, what should you be doing to secure that physical well being? Go do it… that will make for a good day.
 
Your mental health and clarity will help ensure you are prepared to depart this life. Are your affairs in order? Have you done what you needed to do to protect your family and stewardship? Go do it… that will make for a good day.
 
Your emotional well being will protect you during the transition and give you strength and grace to finish strong in the face of the greatest change. Are you sad, angry, malcontent, or lost? Can you do something about it? Go do it… that will make for a good day.
 
I know it isn’t realistic to think we can knock everyday out of the park, but moving each of these priorities a little further forward each day is a worthy goal, and a high quality measure of success and a good day.

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Daily Journey is a collection of my thoughts from reading The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.  My objective is to gain greater control of my emotional responses by reading and sharing my thoughts on stoicism with you all everyday over the course of a next year.  If you would like to explore these topics with me, and others who are seeking to gain emotional control I these articles to the Mastery of Skill closed facebook group and would love for you to join in on the conversation.

Live Skillfully!

-Jon

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