I AM at leisure. My mind is under no distraction. In this freedom from distraction, what shall I do? Have I anything more becoming a man than this? You, when you have nothing to do, are restless ; you go to the theatre, or perhaps to bathe. Why should not the philosopher polish his reasoning? You have fine crystal and myrrhin vases; I have acute forms of reasoning. To you, all you have appears little; to me, all I have great. Your appetite is insatiable; mine is satisfied. When children thrust their hand into a narrow jar of nuts and figs, if they fill it they cannot get it out again; then they fall a-crying. Drop a few of them and you will get out the rest. And do you too drop your desire; do not covet many things, and you will get some.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iii. §9. ¶1, 2.
Wow my mind is frequently if not always under "a distraction". My question is what should life look like... what components do I want my life to have... Do I do away and gradually decrease the rest of my life like superfluous chaff? Some hard questions and possibly hard answers on a wintry Friday morning. Hmmmm...ReplyDelete