The Calling of Matthew[Matthew 9:9-12]
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
Remember that it's not only the desire for wealth and position that debases and subjugates us, but also the desire for peace, leisure, travel, and learning. It doesn't matter what the external thing is, the value we place on it subjugates us to another... where our heart is set, there our impediment lies.
— Epictetus, Discourses, 4.4.1-2; 15
Be careful with your heroes: Don't put any of them on a pedestal
Ernie Zelinski, 101 Really Important Things You Already Know but keep forgetting
quipped American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. The ultimate tragedy, is the vast majority of modern hero- worshipers in the Western world who revere false heroes. So much so, that hero is one of the most misused words in English language.
Epictetus says we must discover the missing art of assent and pay special attention to the sphere of our impulses- that they are subject to reservation, to the common good, and that they are in proportion to actual worth.
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.37 (resource), Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic
Daily Touch of Inspirations
June 30th: The Obstacle is the way
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living