To mark the 1900th birthday of Marcus Aurelius, Modern Stoicism challenged its followers to write a short tribute to the great Stoic Emperor in 250 words or less.
Today we are publishing the winner.
Meditations, Book 874 by Tobias Ruess
In my imagination Marcus is sitting in his home in Italy, now 1900 years old, and still writing in his diary every now and then
Nineteen hundred years and still,
I try to discipline my will.
For sometimes I want things to be,
But nature seldom does agree.
I have to let go desire,
And – just like a blazing fire –
Use all that life puts in my way,
To grow – each and every day.
Many times, the world has changed,
Religions, countries rearranged.
And in the noise of time I find,
Stillness only in my mind.
Long gone is that fateful hour,
When I was at the height of power,
I always thought it to be same,
If country or if self to tame.
I´m old now and can barely move,
But even now I can improve,
The lives of those who are around,
With words, all timeless and profound.
The key is how do they perceive
the world around them – I believe.
Most Problems that they think to fear,
When looked at right, will disappear.
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