11. Whatever happens, do not say, “I have lost it.” Merely say, “It has gone on again.”
3. Keep in mind the nature of things: delightful things; useful things; beloved things . . . Start with something small—a cup perhaps. Think: if this breaks, I can bear the loss. Now—work on thinking this about everything in the world.
2. Remember: desire means grasping at what you are desire. Hatred means avoiding what you hate. Not getting what you desire equals disappointment. Getting what you hate means misery. Avoid what you have power to avoid. Sickness, poverty, death? You’ve got no power there. Hate what you have power to avoid. Desire what you can … More An adaptation from Epictetus, the Handbook
a translation of Epictetus from The Enchiridion.
Chapter 1: What’s Not Our Business Some things we can do, some things we can’t. We control our opinions, desires, aversions, and— to be plain—our own emotions. We do not control our bodies, our things, or what others think of us to be plain—those things are not our business. What happens when you try to … More a translation of Epictetus from The Enchiridion