Words by Epictetus. Photo by Karolina Grabowska on

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

I am grateful for the things that I have, I do not dwell on the things that I do not have.

It would be very easy to allow jealousy and covetousness to draw my thoughts towards something that I do not have.

(I had to look up how to spell it… Coveredtedness, covetedness, covertedness… Yes, I am a writer that cannot spell 🙂)

If I spend too much time looking at the things I don’t have, I lose appreciation for what I do have.

I may have mentioned this before; my day starts with being grateful for the air in my lungs and the blood pumping through my heart.

That is the foundation of my day. I may see something that I like during my waking hours. Instead of jealousy I instead ask myself whether I need it – not want it, and if it is something that I need, how do I act considerately in order to get it.

Gratitude for what I have stops me from acting at best foolishly, and at worst, criminally to get something I want.

I stand upon the shoulders of giants. There is more wisdom within stoicism, the ten commandments, and the great religious texts than I ever expect to possess.

Thankyou wise men and wise women for guiding me.

All the best,

Matt The Happy Human 🙂

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