[Psalm 119:111-112]111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.
Daily Touch of Inspirations
January 25th: The only prize
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
[Javits Wild] When he was in the country, he always asked the people he chanced to meet what "normal life" was like, because he had forgotten. The answers varied, and he gradually came to realize that, even when he was surrounded by other people, he was absolutely alone in the world. He decided to draw up a list of what constituted normal attitudes and behavior, based on what people did rather than on what they said.
This is the true athlete- the person in rigorous training against false impressions. Remain firm, you who suffer don't be kidnapped by your impressions! The struggle is great, the task is divine- to gain mastery, freedom, happiness, and tranquility.
—Epictetus, Discourses, 2.18.27-28
Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.
~Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom
Indeed, in today's consumer society advertisers and the media dictate what people are supposed to want. Many people consume this programming greedily instead of stopping to question what will truly make them happy. After all, it is much easier to try to fit in with the majority than to question what the majority is doing.
Everything happens for a reason; for every effect there is a specific cause
The Law of Cause and Effect
Aristotle asserted that we live in a world governed by law, not chance. He stated that everything happens for a reason, whether or not we know what it is. He said that every effect has a specific cause or causes. Every cause or action has an effect of some kind, whether we like it or not.