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The Equanimity Game

How to Play It Like an Emperor


In our last +1, we talked about getting really good at recovering from our inevitable glitches.

My favorite way to do that? I like to think of Marcus Aurelius.

In his Meditations, Aurelius wrote to himself: “When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.”

(Now, remember: This was an emperor writing down a reminder for himself—he NEVER intended to publish those words. I find that incredibly inspiring.)

I call that The Equanimity Game.

When you (inevitably!) get knocked down, make it a game to see how fast you can recover. Practicing it often makes you really good at it.

Today’s +1: When (Note: Not “If” but “WHEN”) you get knocked down today, see how fast you can get back up.

It’s all one big game.

Let’s play it well!