It’s been exactly 6 months since I started practicing stoicism,and it was a life changing ride I took.Here I share the best lessons from the famous Seneca’s letters and Marcus’s Meditations,so you don’t have to read all through them.
1. “While it’s true that someone can impede our actions,they can’t impede our intentions and our attitudes ,which have the power of being conditional and adaptable.For the mind adapts and converts any obstacle to its action into means of achieving it.That which is an impediment to action is turned to advance action.The obstacle on the path becomes the way.”
2.“ No person has the power to have everything they want,but it is in their power to want what they don’t have,and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” — Senenca,Moral letters,123.3
As John D.Rockefeller said “ a man’s wealth must be determined by the relation of his desires and expenditures to his income.If he feels rich on $10 and has everything he desires,he really is rich.”
Is the new apple iPhone 7s Red is what I want ?
No.Though I could afford it,it is not what I truly need or want in the long run.
3. “Think of the whole universe of matter and how small your share.Think about the expanse of time and how brief — almost momentary — the part marked for you.Think of the workings of fate and how infinitesimal your role.” — Marcus Aurelius,Meditations,5.24
Thank you for reading all the way through,I would like to add to this as I practice and learn.
Originally published at medium.com