Harmony

We should bring our will into harmony with whatever happens, so that nothing happens against our will and nothing that we wish for fails to happen. Epictetus

Keep Your Rational Soul

No one is crushed by fortune, unless they are first deceived by her…those who aren’t pompous in good times, don’t have their bubbles burst with change. Against either circumstance, the stable person keeps their rational soul invincible, for it’s precisely in the good times they prove their strength against adversity. Seneca

Make Your Own Good Fortune

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 timed soul, good impulses, and good actions. Marcus Aurelius

No One Can Impede Your Intention

While it’s true that someone can impede our actions, they cannot impede our intentions and our attitudes, which have the power of being conditional and adaptable. For the mind adapts and converts any obstacle to its action into a means of achieving it. That which is an impediment to action is turned to advance action. The obstacle on the path becomes the way. ~ Marcus Aurelius

The Obstacle is the Way

Today’s stoic quote and mediation is a basic one. Something I’ve been thinking of every few weeks for the past few years, and I think really shores up what this philosophy is about. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. ~Marcus Aurelius