Brief and Fundamental Principles

A favorite book of mine is Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. In Book 4, Sec. 3 of the book he says, “Let your principles be brief and fundamental.” In  Book 3, he says, “[S]o do thou have principles ready for the understanding of things divine and human, and for doing everything, even the smallest…” I find his advice helpful. It’s good to have “brief and fundamental principles” to guide you through the multitude of decisions you have to make in life. Here are a few “brief and fundamental principles” that have helped me a lot:

1. Small is beautiful. (E. F. Schumacher)

2. Simplify, simplify, simplify! (Henry David Thoreau)

3. Seek not great things for yourself. (Jeremiah 45:5)

4. Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

5. Love to be unknown and esteemed as nothing.  (Thomas a Kempis)

6. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. (1 John 2:15)

7. Be contented. (Heb. 13:5)

8. Be strong and of a good courage (Joshua 1:9)


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