Friday, February 12, 2016

Need more strength?

'You have power over your mind - not outside eventsRealize this, and you will find strength.' ~Marcus Aurelius

The reason that I bring this up is that people often over-eat (or going on drinking binges, etc.) due to feelings of stress, anger and/or loss of control.  Of course, this isn't exactly good for your health.

The famed Roman emporer wrote down his philosophy in a book called 'Meditations'.  In it, he offers this advice when you wake up in the morning:  Tell yourself that 'the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly'.  In other words, prepare yourself for what's going to happen... and then don't let it bother you when it does.

The writer Nicolas Chamfort once joked (along similar lines) that “a man must swallow a toad every morning if he wishes to be sure of finding nothing still more disgusting before the day is over.”

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Think about it.  Walking around with unrealistic or unexpressed expectations for the world around us puts us in a perpetual state of being aggrieved. So while we might have legitimate gripes, it turns us into something unrecognizable.  Worring about what other people people think about you - and letting little things get to you - can cause some serious stress in your life... which can lead to some bad habits.

There is another great line from Marcus Aurelius: “When faced with people’s bad behavior, turn around and ask when you have acted like that.”

So here it is:  People might rub you the wrong way today.  It’s not going to feel great when that happens, but it’s far better to know that going in and to take your medicine up front, in the morning, than it is to dribble it out through the day.

Just remember:  Don't stress out!

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