Monday, May 07, 2012
Quote: It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Now, who is Epictetus you may ask?
He was a Greek philosopher that lived about 1900 years ago. When he was young he was a slave in Rome but was later released and started to teach philosophy first in Rome and later on in Greece.
Epictetus was somewhat of a lonesome minimalist.
He lived with few possessions and by himself for a long time. He also seems to never have written anything, but luckily his thoughts were recorded by his pupil Arrian.
Here are some excellent pearls of wisdom from Epictetus.
“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”
Besides being a funny quote I believe it is very relevant to self-improvement.
If you start changing then people may react in different ways. Some may be happy for you. Some may be indifferent. Some may be puzzled or react in negative and discouraging ways.
Much of these reactions are probably not so much about you but about the person who said it and his/her life. How they feel about themselves is shining through in the words they use and judgements they make.
Plus another pearl… You choose to be insulted.
“It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.”
Pause and think about that......What you feel and how you react to something is always up to you. There may be a “normal” or a common to react to different things. But that mostly just all it is. You can choose your own thoughts, reactions and emotions to pretty much everything.
Just a few thoughts for you on a Monday morning.
Have a SPARKling day!