Like the first month, this month’s Meditations for submissives also comes from the second book of Meditations and it’s my second favourite piece. (After this one they sort of shake out evenly so I promise the next one won’t be from book two.)
As the previous month, this could be used as a journal prompt or a morning/daily meditation.
The Stanisforth translation original in full:
Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness — all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself, which is my brother (not in the physical self sense, but as a fellow creature similarly endowed with reason and a share of the divine); therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading. Neither can I be angry with my brother or fall foul of him; for he and I were born to work together, like a man’s two hands, feet, or eyelids, or like the upper and lower rows of his teeth. To obstruct each other is against Nature’s law — and what is irritation or aversion but obstruction?
It’s good to know everyone has to deal with morons. Even emperors of Rome.
This is another good one to start your day with. You’re basically saying:
Okay, self. Today we’re going to have to deal with some idiots. Accept that right off. If we don’t then it’s a plus.
But. Those idiots most likely aren’t trying to be annoying. They just don’t know any better. And even if they are trying, you do know better, so don’t stoop to their level. You know being a good person is excellent and being a jerkface is asshatted behaviour. And after all, we’re all human and have our own difficulties. Another fallible human I give no shits about can’t really hurt me without my permission (sup, Eleanor Roosevelt!)
We’re all together on this wacky ride called Planet Earth so it’s easier to help each other out than be all up in one another’s way.
This one has kept me out of Facebook arguments before. It’s useful.
When I memorised it I only did this bit, as it gets to the heart of the matter:
Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness — all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself…
‘The nature of the culprit himself’ could be anything from someone who enjoys stirring up drama, to someone who doesn’t fully understand the situation, to a miserable person who enjoys making others miserable.
Unlike last month, there isn’t much to change about this one in order to make it more lifestyle-friendly. It’s useful in an all-round sort-of way for D-types and s-types.
Haters gonna hate by their very nature. Don’t let them bring you down–you’re better than that. –Marcus Aurelius (paraphrased by Paige La Marchand)