Wednesday, January 11, 2023

What we control and what we don't

 Today's meditation is a reminder that we do not control everything in life.

Some things are in our control, while others are not. We control our opinion, choice, desire, aversion, and, in a word, everything of our own doing. We don't control our body, property, reputations, position, and, everything not of our own doing. Even more, the things in our control are by nature fee, unhindered, and unobstructed, while those not in our control are weak, slavish, can be hindered and are not our own.


So 2 things pop out here. 

One, the translator or Epictetus love commas.

Second, there is are lot of things that are out of our control. For example, we cannot help it when our company closes or downsizes - although it effects us greatly. We can't control the weather or planes. Those things that our in our control, like getting TSA or Clear to get into the airports we can make the decision to use or not use.

Like everyone, I need to stop being angry at this I cannot control. And I need to be calmer when I can control something. I tend to go along, until I blow up. That is probably not the right way to act. :-)

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