MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book viii. 41.WHEN one consulted him, how he might persuade his brother to forbear treating him ill: Philosophy, answered Epictetus, doth not promise to procure anything external to man, otherwise it would admit something beyond its proper subject-matter. For the subject-matter of a carpenter is wood; of a statuary, brass: and so of the art of living, the subject-matter is each person's own life.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book i. §15. ¶1.
I need to accept the way things are or change them. I cannot just sit railing against the darkness without getting up to turn on a light. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I cannot control another's actions BUT I can control how I react to their actions. I will react decisively and unemotionaly (as much as possible) but I will begin to take my life back.ReplyDelete