“External things are not your problem. It’s your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 8.47
Pain, stress, and anguish, are all negative emotions that come from how you perceive things.
If you don’t want to be harmed by something, you don’t have to be.
“Everywhere, at each moment, you have the option to accept the event with humility, to treat this person as he should be treated, and to approach this thought with care, so that nothing irrational creeps in.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 7.54.
No one has control over my thoughts and reactions but me.
I can choose to be serene and content.
I can choose to move on and never look back.
That’s much easier than it sounds.
We want to be right. We want other people to know we’re right.
But where does that get us?
Keep going forward. Learn from your mistakes. Move on.
Accept people for who they are. Give them grace for their mistakes because at some point you made the same ones.