“Nothing is more pathetic than people who run around in circles, ‘delving into the things that lie beneath,’ and conducting investigations into the souls of the people around them, never realizing that all you have to do is be attentive to the power inside you and worship it sincerely.” — Marcus Aurelius
The inner power he’s talking about is nothing big or grandiose. It’s a quiet power that flows like a gentle stream. It’s the feeling you have when you wake up at 5:30am and start your day while everyone else is asleep– you are a step ahead and a mile above the rest of humanity. You are prepared for anything, ready for whatever happens. You know you can handle it, and nothing can knock you off balance.
The inner power breeds confidence and sure-footedness. The minute you realize that it’s completely within your ability to accomplish your objectives and to change your life for the better, shit gets serious. You realize that it’s not just wishful thinking, and it’s not just a game– you feel an obligation and a duty to carry out the task which you’ve assigned yourself.
Once you see your goal to completion it’s tempting to look back and say say that was a self-fulfilling prophecy, this whole inner power business. You did the impossible only because you played a trick on yourself. It was positive thinking, you say, that made the impossible possible.
But somehow this feels cheap, like to say that is to sell yourself short. The power was inside you the whole time. Just because you didn’t notice it doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.