Sunday morning Stoic: The shortest route

Meditations 4.51:

“Take the shortest route, the one that nature planned—to speak and act in the healthiest way. Do that, and be free of pain and stress, free of all calculation and pretension.”

Direct, clear, healthy. 

Speak the truth. Do what’s right. 

If you say “It’s complicated”, consider that might just be code for pain and stress and possibly calculation and pretension. 

Overthinking and delay prolong the pain. 

Do what you know to be right. 

Take the shortest route.