“The Stoic also can carry his goods unimpaired through cities that have been burned to ashes; for he is self sufficient. Such are the bounds which he sets to his own happiness.” – Seneca
When we are aware of what we can control and what we can not, and we can start along the path of focusing on the things we can control while accepting the things we can not control we find a level of contentment that can’t be shaken.
If we are only focused on controlling our thoughts, our actions, how we respond to the world around us, and how we allow the world around us to affect us, we can endure just about anything.
If we take the time to read stories of people who survived being prisoners of war, being trapped in major natural disasters, or being imprisoned for political reasons we find that at some level every single one of them were able to endure their predicament because they learned to focus their energy only on what they could control. And more importantly, they learned not to allow the things they could not control to affect their attitude or their emotions.
If focusing on what they could control helped people through such dire situations, how much more helpful will we find it navigating our relatively luxurious lives?
Much, much more.
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