Keep your chin up. Don't lose your shit.

"Don't let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole." - Our boy, Marcus.

Remember that the neuroticism endemic our design world — deadline-griping stakeholders, micromanagers, complaining users — and the problems that shake our trembling organizations - aren’t. Most of us, most of the time, don’t do life-or-death work. These pangs are those of a first world. Memento mori. There might be not be a tomorrow. Few things really matter to you. Don’t lose your shit about the rest.

Don’t let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole. Don’t try to picture everything bad that could possibly happen. Stick with the situation at hand, and ask, “Why is this so unbearable? Why can’t I endure it?” You’ll be embarrassed to answer.

Then remind yourself that past and future have no power over you. Only the present — and even that can be minimized. Just mark off its limits.

If the problem is something in your own character, who’s stopping you from setting your mind straight? And if it’s that you’re not doing something you think you should be, why not just do it? — Marcus Aurelius, a couple favorite pulls from Meditations

Craft virtuously.


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Michael Schofield
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