“In the morning when you rise unwillingly, let this thought be present – I am rising to the work of a human being. Why wouldn’t I be satisfied to do the things I exist for and for which I was brought into the world?
Or was I made for this, to lie in bed and keep myself warm? But this is more pleasant
Do I exist then to take my pleasure and not at all for action or exertion? Don’t I see the little plants, the little birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees working together to put in order their several parts of the universe? And aren’t I willing to do the work of a human being and don’t I hurry to do things according to my nature?”
Marcus Aurelius, 2nd Century