Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dealing with Change

Everything worthwhile, everything of any value, has its price. Everything anyone has ever wanted has come neatly wrapped up in its penalties. ~ Loretta Young

Epictetus, a Greek philosopher, was born a slave.  His owner gave him permission to study philosophy and he developed a strong following as he taught others all he learned.  Epictetus became crippled when his owner broke his leg out of jealousy for the passion Epictetus displayed, something the slave owner lacked.

Eventually, Epictetus was freed and he taught philosophy as a way of life in Rome until all philosophers were banished.  He taught his followers that suffering comes from trying to control what is uncontrollable or from neglecting what is within our power to handle.  He believed human beings have a duty to care for others.  Anyone doing this would find happiness and peace of mind.

With all the change we are facing in these times, we can look to this former slave for great pointers.  Remember to let go of the things you can't control and help those around you looking for assistance.  Give it a try.

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