Time to think…about cutting the strings

“Understand at last that you have something in you more powerful and divine than what causes the bodily passions and pulls you like a mere puppet. What thoughts now occupy my mind? Is it not fear, suspicion, desire, or something like that?
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

What is important to you right now? Basic survival needs aside, what gives rise to the passionate feelings generated by fear, suspicion and desire are your values. Viktor Frankl (a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust) said that ‘man is pushed by drives but pulled by values’.

 

Take time to think about what is important to you in the long run. Be prepared to rise above the unimportant but yet frustrating situations that you might encounter every day (that are not in your control). Take a hand in managing your own emotions.