As a Stoic, slowly learning to apply the thoughts of my Hero in Stoicism, Marcus Aurelius, I sometimes think on what my hero may have done in certain situations that happen in my life, and the lives of others …
Of course he was the Roman Emperor, and a man, while am a lowly Disability Support Pensioner and writer/poem, and a woman … But some things do match, if you look at them using a wide angle, and use a creative mindset …
Doing the right thing, obeying the laws of where you live, helping those who are unable to help themselves, these are things that travel well, as issues that that great man may have thought on, and I also think about.
Loyalty to friends, loving and helping your family – these are relatable to us all, surely, whether Emperor of not. I certainly do these things. I also do volunteer work in my community, and attend events where I will share my thoughts about things, when and if it is relevant.
Being a person with knowledge of writing, means I am quite good at doing that, and so I use that skill in a variety of ways to help others, sometimes for money, or the prospect of earning money, but often with no such expectation.
An instance of this the Mallala Crossroad Chronicle. This is a small newsletter that comes out every month, and is distributed around the town of Mallala (A small rural town in South Australia). It is also available online, on the Facebook page – Mallala Crossroad Chronicle.
this image was taken in Mallala recently, when there was a ‘classic car’event, and many Mallala people and others came along to see the lovely old cars! Mallala is known as ‘The Home of Motorsport in South Australia’ and these cars raced at the Mallala track, back in their days of racing action.
I do most of the work involved in getting this newsletter out, and enjoy doing it. I now pay for the prining of this newsletter, which I have previously not needed to pay for, because it was printed by my local member of parliament’s office. But with a new election, and a different political party winning the seat I live in, those things have changed.
So now, I not only do this for free, I also pay out a considerable amount to have it printed. But as I said, I enjoy doing this, and I have a small group of my writing group members who submit articles to be included, which makes it easier.
And the advertising money received from businesses goes directly to my writing group, to assist us with the various activities we undertake, and I’m glad of that as well.
When I think about these things, I am confident in my mind and my heart, that Marcus would approve of what I do regarding this!