Danny James

Tag: strength

512

Never under compulsion, out of selfishness, without forethought, without misgivings. No surplus words or unnecessary actions. Let the spirit in you represent a man. Taking up his post like a soldier and patiently awaiting his recall from life. Needing no oath or witness. Cheerfulness. Without requiring other people’s help. Or serenity supplied by others. To stand up straight, not straightened.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

503

Rites of passage for most cultures were based on sheer physical usefulness: you counted as a person only when you showed you could be counted on.

479

Because you can take it.

475

Strength takes planning.

462

Be ok anyway.

453

Anyway. Still. Despite.

452: Giants

Not defeated, nonetheless shook and dispersed, a once formidable confidence.

In all things cheerful now. In time, moving forward makes whole again the giants we once were.

428

Reflect most upon loss when there is abundance.

422

Believe that every man is at his best and acts to the present level of his power of understanding. As must you, without complaint or distraction but ongoing rectification. Should you find toward your task that you stand alone with the uncommon division of labour, it should not constrain you thus to work still in the best interests of this great city. That you have carried out your role is the rightful course and this debt is not cancelled by aid or witness.

420

Duty; to be good, just and useful.

Sacrifice; as in what must you leave behind, in duty.

The love of family.

Are there any other which compels a man to remain? I think not.

Clarity of the senses. Sun, Wind, and Earth.