“Our own worth is measured by what we devote our energy to.” – Marcus Aurelius
This is an interesting way of looking at our life’s value and our own self worth.
Marcus was a remarkably wise man. “Marcus Aurelius’ work Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.” – Wikipedia.
Bust of Marcus Aurelius
Surprisingly the thoughts and principles expounded in his work are as relevant in the 21st century as they were in C170. If our worth is judged by the amount of energy we devote to something it follows that this is also a measure of what is important to us. Or more precisely the back story of why we do that activity is what is important. I would suggest that this is in all likelihood something we don’t spend a great deal of conscious though on.
For example, are you doing work that sits some where on the scale between, hate and indifference? If so why do you stay there? What is your back story about that?
Of course there are many, many reasons we use to justify this state of affairs, staying in a bad situation way beyond time we might have moved on, and I am no stranger to that particular story.
In light of this, when was the last time you took half a day out on your own to look insight-fully at your life and what you are doing with it? The important thing to recognize is, how precious each and every moment is, and to then ask yourself the following questions –
# How could I make this moment better?
# Thus far – how has my life been measured?
# What have I devoted my energy to?
# How is my creativity showing up?