Time to think…about a flexible mind

“In this way you must understand how laughable it is to say, ‘Tell me what to do!’. What advice could I possibly give? No, a far better request is, ‘Train my mind to adapt to any circumstance.’…In this way, if circumstances take you off script…you won’t be desperate for a new prompting.” Epictetus, Discourses. When faced… Continue reading Time to think…about a flexible mind

Time to think…about an uncontrolled mind

“How much more harmful are the consequences of anger and grief than the circumstances that aroused them in us!” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. ‘Losing it’ is usually followed by regret for the things you did when in a moment of madness, be that in a fit of anger, a surge of fear or any other unhelpful and… Continue reading Time to think…about an uncontrolled mind

Time to think…about others’ achievements

“If you find something very difficult to achieve yourself, don’t imagine it impossible – for anything possible and proper for another person can be achieved as easily by you.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. “If they can do it, so can I!” Having an affirmative mindset does not mean you lose the ability to apply logic and reason… Continue reading Time to think…about others’ achievements

Time to think…about nipping emotions in the bud

“There is no vice which lacks a defence, none that at the outset isn’t modest and easily intervened – but after this the trouble spreads widely. If you allow it to get started, you won’t be able to control when it stops. Every emotion is at first weak. Later it rouses itself and gathers strength… Continue reading Time to think…about nipping emotions in the bud

Time to think…about sticking to your values

“You must build up your life action by action, and be content if one achieves its goal as far as possible – and no-one can keep you from this. But there will be some external obstacle! Perhaps, but no obstacle to acting with justice, self-control, and wisdom. But what if some other area of my… Continue reading Time to think…about sticking to your values

Time to think…about the effort to change

“Think of those who, not by fault of inconsistency but by lack of effort, are too unstable to live as they wish, but only live as they have begun.” Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind If you experience and notice emotional distress in your life, what choices do you have? Firstly, you can objectively review what… Continue reading Time to think…about the effort to change

Time to think…about acting after the crying’s done

“We cry to God Almighty, how can we escape this agony? Fool, don’t you have hands? Or could it be God forgot to give you a pair? Sit and pray your nose doesn’t run! Or, rather just wipe your nose and stop seeking a scapegoat.” Epictetus, Discourses. Bad things happen. Life’s not fair. Hopes and dreams… Continue reading Time to think…about acting after the crying’s done

Time to think…about when life isn’t easy

“Why then are we offended? Why do we complain? This is what we’re here for.” Seneca, On Providence Whenever we feel like we’re trapped in a vice and being squeezed, it’s easy for us to question what life is all about. “Why me?” might be the question we ask ourselves. Take a ‘psychological step’ back and… Continue reading Time to think…about when life isn’t easy

Time to think…about the bird’s eye view

“Whenever you want to talk about people, it’s best to take a bird’s-eye view and see everything all at once – of gatherings, armies, farms, weddings and divorces, births and deaths, noisy courtrooms or silent spaces, every foreign people, holidays, memorials, markets – all blended together and arranged in a pairing of opposites.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.… Continue reading Time to think…about the bird’s eye view

Time to think…about reverse culture

“Indeed, no-one can thwart the purposes of your mind – for they can’t be touched by fire, steel, tyranny, slander or anything.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. When you find yourself in a situation that conflicts with or contradicts your values and expectations, you can experience negative emotions. Although frustrating, that doesn’t mean that your values and… Continue reading Time to think…about reverse culture

Time to think…about work and purpose

“Work nourishes noble minds.” Seneca, Moral Letters. Finding purpose in whatever you do is a powerful tool for managing your emotions. It can help you to get over the inertia and procrastination of ‘being bored with nothing to do’. There are always plenty of things that need to be done, but right now you just don’t… Continue reading Time to think…about work and purpose

Time to think…twice.

“The first thing to do – don’t get worked up. Everything happens according to the nature of all things, and in a short time you’ll be nobody and nowhere. The next thing to do – consider carefully the task at hand for what it is, while remembering that your purpose is to be a good… Continue reading Time to think…twice.

Time to think…about small steps

“Well-being is realised by small steps, but is truly no small thing.” Zeno, quoted in Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Eminent Philosophers Small steps together make a journey. Be that a long excursion or a minor transition, it takes repeated effort to achieve the overall change. Your effort is applied to the step being taken, in… Continue reading Time to think…about small steps

Time to think…about valuing your own opinion

“I’m constantly amazed by how easily we love ourselves above all others, yet we put more stock in the opinions of others than in our own estimation of self…How much credence we give to the opinions our peers have of us and how little to our very own!” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Other people’s thoughts and opinions… Continue reading Time to think…about valuing your own opinion

Time to think…about being ready for luck

“You say good fortune used to meet you at every corner. But the fortunate person is the one who gives themselves a good fortune. And good fortunes are a well-tuned soul, good impulses and good actions.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Luck is whatever happens that is not in your control. You lose some coins from your pocket… Continue reading Time to think…about being ready for luck

Time to think…about the breadth of life

“Show me that the good life doesn’t consist in its length, but in its use, and that it is possible – no, entirely too common – for a person who has had a long life to have lived too little.” Seneca, Moral Letters How quickly the day passes! Perhaps much of that speed in passing is… Continue reading Time to think…about the breadth of life

Time to think…about the time you have today

“I don’t complain about the lack of time…what little I have will go far enough. Today – this day – will achieve what no tomorrow will fail to speak about. I will lay siege to the gods and shake up the world.” Seneca, Medea Seize the day! Don’t procrastinate! Don’t waste away your time every… Continue reading Time to think…about the time you have today

Time to think…about handling setbacks

“If I would so prepare myself to endure, then let anything happen that will. Otherwise, it would be like a boxer who leaves the ring because he took some punches. You can leave the boxing ring without consequence, but what advantage would come from abandoning the pursuit of wisdom? What should each of us say… Continue reading Time to think…about handling setbacks

Time to think…about being focused, not scattered

“What’s the point of having countless books and libraries, whose titles could hardly be read through in a lifetime? The learner is not taught, but burdened by the sheer volume, and it’s better to plant the seeds of a few authors than to be scattered about by many.” Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind. The concept… Continue reading Time to think…about being focused, not scattered

Time to think…about practice

“That’s why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.” Epictetus, Discourses. Forming a habit takes place over a period of time,… Continue reading Time to think…about practice