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How to get out of bed like an Emperor

 

I often wondered how it is that my four year old could happily get out of bed singing like a lark all bright and happy. Whilst I had to struggle to lift a finger to move the duvet.

 

Especially on winter mornings, every alarm of mine was succeeded by a long inner dialogue with myself on how I needed a few more minutes. Often enough the wickedly seductive voice that pleaded with me to stay in bed only a little while longer won and the more I slept the more the bed seemed to embrace me  and press me deeper and deeper into it and sometimes I am ashamed to say I stayed in bed all day.

 


With time I am winning the fight against my bed and I have replaced that Jezebel voice in my head with an even better conversation;

 

The conversation that  Marcus Aurelius, the last of the so-called Five Good  Roman Emperors had with himself. It is delightfully inspirational and I have framed it and put it by my bed. One glimpse of the frame and I am up and this is what I would like to share with you

 

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius wrote,

 

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work—as a human being. What do I have to complain of, If I’m going to do what I was born for—the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?”

 

—But it’s nicer here … 

 

So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?

 

—But we have to sleep sometime… 

 

Agreed. But nature set a limit on that—as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota. 

 

You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for the dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts. Is helping others less valuable to you? Not worth your effort? 

 

 


Also I added this image of a bust of Emperor Marcus looking disdainfully at your lazy ass if you don't get out of bed.....I have the image attached to the print out I framed by my bed it really works.

 

 

Image credits 

Marcus Aurelius: Quotes Gramm

Bed image: Freepik

 

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