Don’t let your reflection on the whole sweep of life crush you. Don’t fill your mind with all the bad things that might still happen. Stay focused on the present situation and ask yourself why it’s so unbearable and can’t be survived.Read More
I'm contemplating tonight on this quote.
“I don’t agree with those who plunge headlong into the middle of the flood and who, accepting a turbulent life, struggle daily in great spirit with difficult circumstances. The wise person will endure that, but won’t choose it—choosing to be at peace, rather than at war.”
- SENECA, MORAL LETTERS , 28.7
“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on—it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance—unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS , 11.18.5
Anger is not impressive or tough—it’s a mistake. It’s weakness.
(The Daily Stoic)
Understand at last that you have something in you more powerful and divine than what causes the bodily passions and pulls you like a mere puppet.Read More
We control our opinion, choice, desire, aversion, and, in a word, everything of our own doing. We don’t control our body, property, reputation, position, and, in a word, everything not of our own doing.Read More