Daily Stoicism: Epictetus

See Things For What They Really Are:

Take what you get, things won’t always meet your expectations. Events occur the way they do. People behave the way they do. Become aware of this and you save yourself from fake attachments and avoidable sadness. Think about those closest to you. They are mortals, so they shall pass. Now think about your favorite cup, if it were to break you could cope. So, if death is to arise you should be able to bear it in the same manner. It takes practice and you have to practice coping with things building up from the cup. When “devastation” occurs, the only control we have is over our mentality. It’s not the events that stress us, but our interpretation of them. Things, events, and people are not how you desire them to be.

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