The Meaningful Mail
Weekly ideas on meaningful living
|It's Me Waldi||May 17|
I hope you are doing well. If you need anything, reach out to me at any time.
I’ve spent the last months consolidating all of my notes, ideas, and knowledge into a more or less coherent concept. It was a lot of work, but I’m happy with the result so far. I’ll share more information about it in my upcoming blog posts next week.
Meanwhile, enjoy this week’s philosophical and practical ideas…
#1 Epictetus on Attachment
“But as things are, although we have it in our power to apply ourselves to one thing alone, and devote ourselves to that, we choose instead to apply ourselves to many things, and attach ourselves to many, to our body, and our possessions, and our brother, and friend, and child, and slave. And so, being attached in this way to any number of things, we’re weighed down by them and dragged down. (…)
What are we to do, then? To make the best of what lies within our power, and deal with everything else as it comes.”
Source: Discourses by Epictetus (translated by Robin Hard)
#2 Ask For Help
“One of the most powerful things someone can do is to ask for help.”
#3 Eric Greitens on the Frontline that is our Life
“The frontline [in the SEAL-teams] was where battles were fought and fates decided. The frontline was a place of fear, struggle, and suffering. It was also a place where victories were won, where friendships of a lifetime were forged in hardship. It was a place where we lived with a sense of purpose.
But ‘frontline’ isn’t just a military term. You have a frontline in your life now. In fact, everyone has a place where they encounter fear, where they struggle, suffer, and face hardship. We all have battles to fight.
And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive: it’s on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work. If you want to win any meaningful kind of victory, you’ll have to fight for it.”
Source: Resilience by Eric Greitens
#4 Leo Tolstoy on Wisdom
“Wisdom is knowing the purpose of life, and knowing how to achieve it.”
Source: A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy
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