January 19

“When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude towards it; you can either accept it or resent it.” – Epictetus

We are going to encounter obstacles in life, we are also going to experience horrible things. While it is easy to allow ourselves to rate horrible things on a scale, it doesn’t matter. Everyone we have ever met has been though something they consider horrible. And yet there they are, going through life. How fortunate we are to be in such good company.

When we encounter obstacles it is easy to get frustrated, it is easy to feel like the whole world is against us and we can never get things the way we want them. Getting frustrated and feeling defeated do not change the situation at all. They do not make it worse but they do not make it better. They do however, make you worse.

You can’t focus on completing tasks when you are frustrated. If you are feeling defeated now how much worse will you feel when you allow a handful of necessary tasks to slip by and you are now overwhelmed with work?

It is better to accept things as they are, step back from the situation a little bit and then find a way to learn from whatever hardship you are facing. There is something to be learned from every experience and you will find that the harder ones come with the strongest lessons. If you look for them.

virtus fortis vocat

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