There are things that are within our power, and things that fall outside our power. – Epictetus
The first paragraph of the “Manual” or called the “Handbook” written by Epictetus describes that there is a power that is within us. This power is not on the mere surface of brute physical strength as some may think about. Its not the power to outplay another in a game of wits in some sports match. No more it is the power to climb over some financial struggle. Perhaps a power to defeat evil in terms of good sounds seems abit fanatical, a bit over the top.
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There are many places to practice human virtues: goodness, ethics, honesty, compassion, generosity, wisdom… The introspective of one’s life, you may wonder what virtues are being practiced in daily life. What shows all around, citizens, neighbors, friends, reveal virtues of all kinds on a daily basis.
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While the conductor of a musical ensemble leads with the baton, there needs to be harmony from an instrument to the orchestra to have the whole piece come together. This goes as of life. Within our home, we need to tune ourselves in accordance to the life that we are leading. Just like how notes match in a chord in music. One may ask, how do we tune ourselves with life and nature? You start with yourself. You begin with what you can grasp. Ask yourself a daily question about how to live in respects to harmony in life. Questions of life can help keep the fire going inside of you. You fuel yourself each day, the questions become deeper and precise in respects. And your understanding becomes appreciative. Growing in the nature of harmony, you will notice life in a chord. You are the conductor of life. With the universe, you will live in harmony.
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