Five Stoic Pearls of Wisdom To Examine & Improve The Life.
These Stoic Philosophical Pearls By Epictetus Will Definitely Make A Difference.
Born as a Slave, this Stoic Philosopher, Epictetus raised his social status by acquiring stoic wisdom under the guidance of Musonius Rufus.
His teachings were compiled via two works composed by his student Arrian, the Discourses and the Encheiridion (Handbook).
Distinguishing between those things in our power and those things not in our power is the first thing that both the Discourses and the Enchiridion do.
Epictetus focused more on the idea of self-knowledge along with the ethics side of the stoic philosophy. He believed that moral philosophy may help individuals live better lives in the real world. He highlighted the many notable things in life that are ignored by the average mind that confines them to a mediocre life.
All things that are in our control should be focused upon, however, the things that are out of our control should be not the source of our worry.
The difficulty that we face is here to shape us. He said that: It is circumstances (difficulties) that show what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. For what purpose? you may say. Why that you may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat. In my opinion, no man has had a more profitable difficulty than you have had if you choose to make use of it as an athlete would deal with a young antagonist. (Discourses 1.24.1–2, trans. Long)
The following are such pearls of wisdom that will help you examine and improve:
1. You become what you give your attention to.
It is as simple as it means, yet its implementation might make a huge positive impact. If you focus on the people living the life of your dreams, there will be a time when you are near calling it quits, you will gain an iota of motivational vibe from their life and it will be enough…