The day has finished. We have spent today thinking of the following question:

Am I taking care of myself physically?

Being sedentary is the new cancer. We have standing desks, walking desks, our computer monitors on walls, all to help prevent this sedentary lifestyle that technology has brought about for us.

How much time do you spend sitting at your desk at work? How much time do you spend laying on the couch at home?

More than ever before, staying in physical shape is top priority to keep us healthy, and happy.

Musonius Rufus, Epictetus’ teacher, states:

“Since a human being happens to be neither soul alone nor body alone, but a composite of these two things, someone in training must pay attention to both. He should, rightly pay more attention to the better part, namely the soul, but he should also take care of the other parts, or part of him will become defective.”

But what does it mean to take care of ourselves physically?

Eating better, getting up and out rather than staying in the house sitting down, maybe hitting the gym a few times a week, going for a walk around the block. Taking care of oneself physically does not mean we need to turn our lives upside down and start a strict diet/workout plan.

Take the necessary steps today to put yourself in proper position for tomorrow. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. We’re looking for building blocks here. Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and taking care of yourself physically, spiritually, and emotionally are all vital components of that.

Discourses – Epictetus

How have we grown from this? Did we execute any differently today because of this? Do you feel that you have new tools to accomplish tomorrow?

The Stoic Within

The art of living a virtuous life.

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