Is This Necessary?

“Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘is this necessary?’”

-Marcus Aurelius

When stress starts to take over, I follow the advice of the stoics and try to simplify my life and be deliberate. Asking yourself this question serves as a reminder that not all things need to frustrate or fluster you. We often have more time and freedom than we think. Being stressed out or angry is one thing, the way you react to those moods is another.

There’s a lot of extra fluff throughout our day. Let’s focus on the things that we care about, the things that make us better and happier and more productive, not the unessential.

If you find yourself flustered today, reflect on if it’s necessary.

Justin Miner


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