In teaching on the subject of gratitude this month and gathering many quotes from various deep thinkers, sages, writers, etc., I found this quote from the ancient Greek stoic philosopher, Epictetus (epic-TEE-tus).  I find it interesting when I read points of view and philosophies that don’t come from the yoga school, but have everything to do with what we study and practice.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  ~Epictetus

 

  

Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. Individuals, however, are responsible for their own actions which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline. Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, human beings have a duty of care to all fellow humans. The person who followed these precepts would achieve happiness.