24 Feb 2018

A Must Read Life-Changing Book (and it's Simple!)

Ever seen a movie where a protagonist witnesses something that motivates him or her to change instantly?

Maybe it was an act of kindness they saw on the street or a father who told them that they can't do it or they got bullied at school and said it was enough.

So, what does it take for you to see to become motivated enough to start living the life of your dreams?

For me, it wasn't an action of someone else, an insult or an advice or better to say, of someone living, it was an ancient book that made me realize how nothing has truly changed and at the same time everything is changing. But what does this mean? When you think about it, we can't live in this world if we are not willing to change. And even if we are not willing to change, we must change. It's not that we must change, but we will change no matter what.

Life is not a circle, it's a road with countless paths, but still there is something that has never changed, a desire that is not a sinful one, something that stays in the core of every human.

After all inventions, wars, epic love stories and everything that humans had witnessed in the past few millenniums, we still long for one thing only - improvement.

Is it because of our own will or the pressure of others? We are animals who had settled for change only and tricked it with an act of improvement.

No matter what happens in our lives, we never truly give up even if we think we are about to, we always want something better, no human truly wants to be miserable and still most are.

You see where I'm going with this? Everyone wants improvement yet everyone is scared to take action in order to improve. And so was I, until I read this wonderful almost two thousand year old book.

If you follow my personal  Twitter, you probably know which book I am talking about and if you're not follow it now!

The book is called Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, a series of personal writings by a Roman Emperor from 2nd century.

Here is my point, Marcus talks about how unnecessary some philosophers of his times (we have them still in ours) waste their lives trying to finding the meaning of life instead of focusing on the present, on the improvement, of the well-being of others and themselves. He also talks how they let desire and sins get in the way of their happiness and achievements, but the part that triggered the change I witnessed in myself and felt overnight was when he said that besides giving ourselves in desires, we give ourselves in pain and anger.

We waste our precious moments while living in a decaying body, knowing there's only one life and we waste it on pain, suffering and sadness. We are the ones that are responsible for our lives and tears gets us nowhere. Don't get me wrong, I know it's hard, I've been there, but if we decided to choose happiness, choose success and joy and to stop grieving, we can absolutely take our lives back and stop letting anything else to control us.

I highly recommend you to read this book, I was never a reader myself, but after this one, I challenge myself to read one book a week and so can you!

Don't be afraid, this book  is ancient, but it's translated in modern English so, you will understand everything.

Just one more thing, isn't it funny how he is saying everything today's psychologists are saying? It seems that at our core we still are the same.

Thank you for reading!

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