Category: epictetus

You are not an isolated entity. You are a unique, irreplaceable part of the cosmos. Don’t forget this. You are an essential piece of the puzzle of humanity.

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If you really want peace of mind and success in your endeavours, discard self-importance and your ego.

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Desire commands us to run off and get what we want. Aversion insists that we must avoid the things we don’t like. Typically, when we don’t get what we want, we are disappointed, and when we get what we don’t want, we are distressed.

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Sadly, many people place their emphasis on managing their physical appearance and the impression they make on others. Those who seek wisdom come to understand that even though the world may reward us for wrong or superficial reasons, what really matters is who we are inside and who we are becoming.

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Forgive others for their misdeeds over and over again. This gesture fosters inner peace. Forgive yourself over and over again. Then try to do better next time.

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Over and over again, we lose sight of what is important and what isn’t. We crave things over which we have no control, and we are not satisfied by the things within our control.

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Try to be as kind to yourself as possible. Do not measure yourself against others or even against your ideal self. Human betterment is a gradual effort.

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Notice what’s actually happening, not just what you think is happening or wish were happening. Look and listen.

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You become what you give your attention to. We become small-minded if we engage in discussion about other people. In particular, avoid blaming, praising, or comparing people.

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People don’t have the power to hurt you. Even if someone shouts abuse at you or strikes you, if you are insulted, it is always your choice to view what is happening as insulting or not. If someone irritates you, it is only your own response that is irritating you.

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