August 3, 2020
Let’s get right to it this week; Here’s 1 Thought, 1 Quote, and 1 Question for the week…
1 Thought From Me
Experiences can never be positive or negative in the moment because we don’t even know where they may lead. Some of the most challenging and stressful moments of our lives end up being the most prized and rewarding.
While Some of the most prosperous and gratifying moments end up being the most passive and unproductive.
Moments in our lives are not binary; positive and negative.
All that we really know is what’s painful in the moment, and that’s not really worth much.
1 Quote From Another
Spite of all do you still chafe and complain, not understanding that, in all the evils to which you refer, there is really only one – the fact that you do chafe and complain? If you ask me, I think that for a man there is no misery unless there be something in the universe which he thinks miserable. I shall not endure myself on that day when I find anything unendurable.
I am ill; but that is a part of my lot. My slaves have fallen sick, my income has gone off, my house is rickety, I have been assailed by losses, accidents, toil, and fear; this is a common thing. Nay, that was an understatement; it was an inevitable thing.
―Seneca, Moral letters to Lucilius, 96.1
You need never believe that anyone who depends upon happiness is happy! It is a fragile support – this delight in adventitious things; the joy which entered from without will some day depart. But that joy which springs wholly from oneself is leal and sound; it increases and attends us to the last; while all other things which provoke the admiration of the crowd are but temporary Goods. You may reply: “What do you mean? Cannot such things serve both for utility and for delight?” Of course. But only if they depend on us, and not we on them.
―Seneca, Moral letters to Lucilius, 98.1
1 Question For You
What meaning do you assign to the events in your life, and are they conscious thoughts?
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