A nice little exercise to clarify your direction, in regard to life in general, or in relation to some specific thing.
Make two short lists:
- Desired. The things you most desire for yourself in life.
- Admired. The qualities you find most praiseworthy and admirable in other people.
You will often find yourself with two very different lists.
Think about it:
- Why is this so?
- Would it be better for you if you would desire exactly the same things you admire?
- How could you change your behaviour so that these two would be in better alignment?
How to think like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson