Seeking Peace Of Mind: A Letter


We cannot always choose our circumstances, but we can adapt our minds and attitudes to the circumstances we are presented with.  Plato, in the Republic (604c5 ff.), famously compared life to a game of dice that was structured at two levels:  the throw of the dice (over which we have no control), and the way in which we deal with the results of the throw.  This same dice analogy is found in Epictetus (II.5.3).  Our attitudes mold our lives.  If we do not adapt our attitudes to our circumstances, we will be like the man who carries a hidden sickness wherever he goes.  He travels here and there, always seeking a better environment, but he finds himself equally miserable wherever he is.  Why is this?  It is because the problem lies in his mind.

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