“Philosophy does not claim to get a person any external possession. To do so would be beyond its field. As wood is to the carpenter, bronze to the sculptor, so our own lives are the proper material in the art of living.” Epictetus, Discourses.
Learn to live with what you have, in the here-and-now. Recognise how emotional thoughts – wanting, desiring, craving and yearning – are a part of the human condition. Reflective practice does not add something to your existence that was not there already, but it can open your eyes to what is.
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