There is one book I keep by my bed. A book to pick up a few lines of before drifting off to the far-better-than-reality dream world. A bible, for an atheist such as myself. It is: 'The Meditations' by Marcus Aurelius.
Written nearly 2000 years ago, this book is not only poetic literal masterpieces, but also an intimate personal account on what is was like to be human back then. And it seems to me, that it wasn't very different than being a human today. Our deep existential questions and nuanced complex feelings have not altered much, if at all, over the past two millennia's.
I can quote the book in its entirety, because it is THAT good.
But for today, I chose the line that stood out to me in my daily read:
'If it is not right, do not do it. If it is not true, do not say it.'
Words to live by. Enough said.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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