“And you can also commit injustice by doing nothing.”
For some reason, there are some quotes that sit with me for a long time and don’t seem to leave my brain. I revisit them time and time and again, I think they sit with me for a long time because they are relevant to a part of my life in some way.
The quote in the title is one such example.
It comes from Marcus Aurelius, the famed Roman Emperor and Stoic Philosopher. It’s a quote that can obviously be applied to a number of different areas and situations but I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot over the last few days when it comes to the work I’m doing, or lack of.
I’m being lazy.
Don’t get me wrong, lockdown hasn’t been great. It’s actually been slowly draining the longer it goes on and I’m away from work and places like the gym remain shut. However, I know I’m using it as an excuse to be lazy and not do the things I should be doing.
“And you can also commit an injustice by doing nothing.”
So, you’re chilling at home watching TV. Great, not doing anything wrong there really but also by not doing something that is helping you towards your goals is actually detrimental. Or an injustice as Marcus Aurelius would put it.
By being lazy, you’re doing yourself an injustice and an injustice to the goals you have. You’re disrespecting yourself.
Let’s say you’ve set a goal to lose a bit of weight but you keep skipping the gym classes you said you were going to go to. Yes, you’re not exactly going backwards by sitting at home but you’re doing an injustice to your future self.
Life isn’t easy, it’s not supposed to be. If life is easy, you’re definitely only living at 40% of what you’re actually capable of. It can be hard to decide what to do sometimes but doing nothing shouldn’t be an option. Doing nothing is an injustice to your future self.
Time for some changes.
See you next week.