An aphorism to think about
Hey guys, short email today.
Ramadan has got me a little drained, but I still got something written for you.
So today, we're going to discuss an aphorism. Now what's this aphorism going to be about?
I don't want to ruin it cus I'm not that eloquent.
But let me tell you straight from the mouth of the great Roman poet Publius Syrus.
"He who adheres to his oath will come out where he wishes."
Now what the hell does this mean?
If you're like me, this may pass over your head. And if it doesn't, congrats, you're smarter than me.
But jokes aside.
This aphorism is quite profound. Because it's about following the values you have created for yourself. Here's the thing, when we don't create and choose our values, we end up living out values from other people, society, culture, and family.
And I'm not here to shit on the values already present. But more so to be more critical of following values that feel right to you.
As some of you might know, I'm Muslim.
And one of the things with Islam is you need to respect your parents like gold. I followed this value for a toxic parent. I did everything possible to please them, but the respect was not reciprocated.
Only after therapy did I realize I needed to create the value of respect going both ways in family relationships. So I adhered to this value. And mind you, this parent was angry, and we didn't talk for a while. But fast-forward years, and now the relationship with this parent is healthy and respectful.
This is why Publius Syrus has this aphorism.
Because when you adhere to the oaths to yourself, sooner or later, you will end up where you want to.
So before this email wraps up, make it a goal to write down the value you want to live out in life and adhere to it.
Life is short, but that's not an excuse not to be conscious of how we live it. We can either live an extraordinary life or not a poor one.
And before this ends, let me leave you with another aphorism from P.Syrus to ponder: "It matters not how long you live but how well."
Until next time,
The Charismatic Nerd