Just A Man

14 Mar

“Wrestle to be the man philosophy wished to make you.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Just a man

In year one hundred sixty-one
A new Caesar was crowned
He took a step to insure that
His feet would stay on ground

Caesar Marcus found a slave
And gave him this sole task:
“Remind me that I’m just a man
Whenever I do bask

Within the adulation of
Both follower and fan
Please quell my pride with these four words
And say ‘You’re just a man'”

And so his followers all praised
His acts and said “You’re great!”
But in his ear a whisper that
His ego did sedate

“You’re just a man” he heard the voice
And was humble once more
Again they all exalted him
With compliments galore

Again, the slave said, “Just a man”
Into the Caesar’s ear
Again, the humbling words served
To make him of pride clear

And as the years went on whenever
Others would exalt
The slave would whisper, “Just a man”
And make his ego halt

And when it was all said and done
Aurelius’ name
Was remembered as humble, kind
Compassionate and tame

He was recalled as a man who
Always kept feet on ground
Who didn’t think too highly of
Himself which did astound

Many people through the years
Who couldn’t understand
Why a man with his power
Would own ego remand

It was because he understood
It’s ego that misleads
A self-absorbed and self-centered
Person does selfish deeds

And he knew that his task on Earth
Was much different from that
And so to give and serve he would
Have to ego combat

The slave naysayer was a hero
Too in his own way
He helped insure that Marcus’
Humility would stay

We too must look on doubters
Who whisper in our ears
With words of doubt so that our pride
And ego never steers

Some of us are born to lead
While others just to doubt
Each one serves its purpose, one
Just has a bit more clout



10 Responses to “Just A Man”

  1. Sue Dreamwalker March 14, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Excellent words with wisdom for all who can see we are all but a man or woman.. No better than anyone else..
    Wishing you a day of more wise thoughts! ~ Sue

    • Miro March 14, 2012 at 10:34 am #

      From Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Millman writes “You’ll never be any better than anyone else. Just like you’ll never be any less.” It’s important for people to understand and accept both aspects of this. For me, it provides a great sense of peace.
      Thanks for reading Sue, have a fun and productive day!

  2. Carl D'Agostino March 14, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    He was the noblest Roman of them all.

  3. omwaombara March 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Inspiring blog. Its nice to have a housegirl who keeps reminding you she did not have enough time to do the dishes. And there you go from your international conference to wash the pile of dishes in your kitchen. Humbling.

    • Miro March 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Ha! Other humbling reminders are changing diapers, wiping butts, and cleaning dog/cat poop. Marcus would be proud (for a second, and then reminded to not be too proud). 🙂

  4. ansuyo March 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Excellent. Humility is something I see less of every day.

  5. The Emu March 15, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Your writing and comprehension is a work of art

  6. Deb March 16, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I love to read about humility. Being humbled is something I and everyone else needs to be daily. I know that God wants me to be humble.

  7. lscotthoughts March 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    This is wonderful, Miro, and I agree with Deb. It’s always best to keep our feet on the ground and this verse expressed your message so clearly:
    “It was because he understood
    It’s ego that misleads
    A self-absorbed and self-centered
    Person does selfish deeds”

    Hugs and Blessings~

  8. granbee March 20, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    “And so to give and serve he would
    Have to ego combat”:

    A truly wonderful mantra for me to carry on my own warrior shield this week, Miro: Thank you SO much, dear man!

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