Marcus Aurelius was the Emperor of Rome (twice) way back during the early triple digits of the common era (before the year 200). He was a Stoic and wrote a collection of thoughts that were originally titled ‘To Myself’ and are now called Meditations. Some of these would be very useful to submissives.
The first Sunday of each month I shall be posting quotes from the book that s-types may find helpful. They could be used as writing prompts or ways to centre yourself in the morning, evening or when you need a break.
I’m using the Penguin Great Ideas edition, which I highly recommend. I’ve looked at other translations and Maxwell Stanisforth’s is the most accessible and poetic. The Penguin edition is only around 13USD and 5GBP.
I’m going to start the series off with one of my favourite quotes. It was the first one I memorized. This is from Book Two, number five.
The original (Stanisforth’s) version:
Hour by hour resolve firmly, like a Roman and a man, to do what comes to hand with correct and natural dignity, and with humanity, independence and justice. Allow your mind freedom from all other considerations. This you can do if you will approach each action as though it were your last, dismissing the wayward thought, the emotional recoil from the commands of reason, the desire to create an impression, the admiration of self, the discontent with your lot. See how little a man needs to master for his days to flow on in quietness and piety; he has but to observe these few counsels, and the gods will ask nothing more.
Overall, it’s apt for submissives–particularly service-oriented subs who may have to get on with chores when they aren’t feeling much like it. It advocates for humility and focus and gratitude for what you have rather than what you don’t.
The advice to go about each task as though it were to be the final thing you’d do is a good one. ‘If this was the last thing I did for my Dominant would they view it with pride?’ (The Stoics believed the only moment any person had was the one occurring just then so this line makes sense within that context. You should live your life so you’d be at peace with dying at any moment, basically, but that’s for another day.)
The quote could be adapted for subs (or any s-types) for a morning meditation thusly:
Hour by hour I resolve firmly, as a submissive and a woman (girl/boy/etc), to do what comes to hand with correct and natural dignity, and with humanity, obedience and justice. I shall allow my mind freedom from all other thoughts. This I will do by approaching each action as though it was my last, dismissing the wayward thought, the admiration of self, the discontent with my lot. I see how little I need to master for my day to flow on in quietness and peace. I need but observe these few counsels and my [D-type] will ask nothing more.
This is just a suggestion and it could be altered in other ways, but the general idea of the quote is what got my attention.