Daily Touch of Inspirations
November 19th: Maxims from three wise men
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
These three quotes compiled by Epictetus show us — in wisdom across history — the themes of tolerance, flexibility, and ultimately, acceptance. Cleanthes and Euripides evoke destiny and fate as concepts that help ease acceptance. When one has a belief in a greater or higher power (be it God or gods), then there is no such thing as an event going contrary to plan.
Even if you don't believe in a deity, you can take some comfort in the various laws of the universe or even the circle of life. What happens to us as individuals can seem random or upsetting or cruel or inexplicable, when in fact these events make perfect sense when our perspective is zoomed out, even just slightly.
Let's practice this perspective today. Pretend that each event — whether desired or unexpected — was willed to happen, willed specifically for you. You wouldn't fight that, would you?