“The person you are matters more than the place to which you go.” – Seneca
If we travel anywhere on Earth, anywhere that other people inhabit and live out their lives that is, if we travel to those places, inevitably we will find someone living in these places who is content likely even happy living in the conditions we find them in. We could find this person in every city, every village, even some of the most remote places on earth.
The question we should find ourselves asking when we find these people – or even when we acknowledge their existence – is what it is that allows them to be happy in the situation they find themselves in.
Undoubtedly, we will find that these are people who have two things firmly in their grasp. The first is that they have control over themselves, they have a significant level of self control. This means emotions, actions, words, and even thoughts. The second thing they have a grasp on is the ability to let go of the things that are not in their control. They were born where they were born and they had access to the resources they had and they made the most of that.
in doing these things it is very likely that additional resources and opportunities will make themselves available to such people but they will be content even if these resources and opportunities never come along.
Because they have self control and the ability to let go. All at the same time.
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