THE ART OF LIVING –EPICTETUS !!! Raj K Pandey,MBS, MA GPO BOX: 19862, Kathmandu, Nepal, Mobile: 98510-86884 Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control and some things are not. Within our control are our own opinions, aspirations, desires and the things that repel us. These areas are quite rightly our concern because they are directly subject to our influence. We always have a choice about the contents and character of our inner lives. But if you try to control others, you will become a frustrated, anxious and fault-finding person. Turn on the computer’s sound box for music & click mouse for next 9 slides!
Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours. If it concerns anything outside your control, train yourself not to worry about it. When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude towards it. You can either accept it or reject it. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation makes us worried. Things and people are not what we wish them to be nor what they seem to be, they are what they are.
Things themselves do not hurt us nor do other people. How we view these things in another matter. It is our attitudes and reactions that make us trouble. We can not choose our external reverses circumstances but we can always choose how we respond to them. We can not control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act our given role in a best manner. Just give an impeccable performance. If you are supposed to be a reader, just read the books with full of interest and enthusiasms>
In trying to please others, we find ourselves misdirected towards what lies outside our sphere of influence. In doing so we lose our hold on our life’s purpose. Do not try to seem wise to others. If you want to live a wise life, live it on your own eyes. Raj K Pandey, MBA, MA GPO Box: 19862 Jawalakhel, Lalitpur Kathmandu (Nepal) Mobile: 98510-86884