German historian Klaus Bringmann shows in Cicero's works that one can not characterize him as a hypocrite while in otium because of his sense of duty to serve the state.  Cicero's concept of otium does not mean selfish pursuit of pleasure. It means the well-earned leisure which is a culmination of a long career of action and achievement. It's a reward. Idleness ( desidia ) had derogatory implications and unqualified otium was a problem for Cicero's elite group of followers. Its break away from civic affairs contrasted with negotia publica , participation in civic affairs of the republican aristocracy.  To distinguish between plain "idleness" and aristocratic otium homestum , otium liberale or otium cum dignitate , writers of the day said that literary and philosophical pursuits were worthwhile activities and that they had benefit to res publica (the general public). These pursuits were a type of 'employment' and therefore not mere laziness.  
Although she attempted to maintain an unruffled countenance he could tell she was nervous. When Mr Evan's caned him it wasn't like this at all. It was an event devoid of emotion, on the schoolmaster's part at least. It was something cold blooded, brutal almost. He felt sure that what took place now would be quite different. He sensed her mounting excitement matched his own. She extracted two canes from the cupboard drawer. One was thicker with a crook handle. It was this one Mr Evans had always used and usually it left several evenly spaced bruises that could be seen on his bottom for at least a week afterwards. The other cane was slightly shorter and somewhat thinner. It looked as if it might be equally as painful. She tested both canes by swishing them through the air. Then she turned towards the dark brown leather armchair and hit one of the plump armrests several times with each cane in turn. As she faced him, her severe countenance relaxed for a moment.
Start by making a list of the things in your life that you’re not happy with. Pick one of the problems and come up with a concrete plan of action on how you’re going to tackle it. This simply means sitting down with a notebook and not getting back up again until you’ve figured out a solution, a few concrete steps you can take to solve the problem. And then you follow-through with your plan with absolutely no excuses. If there’s really nothing you can do to change the situation, come up with a way that you can change your reaction to what’s happening. Don’t let other people dictate how you feel. Controlling your emotions and deciding how to feel on your own terms is one of the manliest and most satisfying accomplishments in life.