On Assigning Blame

Epiktitos, Hellenic Stoic Philosopher ( 50 A.D.-138 A.D.)

Excerpt from the “Handbook”,  Chapter E

Things or events don’t upset people, but rather the opinion they have about those things or events.  When we encounter obstacles, and are upset or disappointed we must not blame anyone other than our own selves.

An uneducated person, who falls into despair, blames others.

An educated person blames neither himself nor others.

Amalia Eirini Tzimopoulou (Melina) is the author of “Beauty” a practical guide to self-understanding and improvement, and “A Droplet’s Journey: a true faerie tale”, her own journey of self-discovery in story form.  Both books will soon be available electronically.

Spread your wings…

I’ve always loved Richard Bach’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”.

The excerpt below is from his epilogue to the 20th anniversary edition released in August of 1990.

“For me at least, Jonathan’s message is still there in the whispering wind that I heard so many years ago from a gull’s wings:

Fly…  The more carefully I listen to that whispering, the more certain I am that the example offered by Jonathan’s adventures is a flight plan for any successful life.  I believe that his path is that of anyone who wishes to be happy.  In other words, to pursue the quest for that which we want to do more than anything else in the world and go bravely forward with courage, persistence and unwavering determination.

As compensation for that effort, the flight plan promises us that others will look down on us, ridicule us, and that we will be ostracized from circles of friends and family.  If we persist however, if we endure the solitude and remain dedicated to the quest we’ve chosen with so much love, then we will be blessed with new friends, a new family that will already share the values and ideals we cherish.  With them we will fly much farther and higher than we ever dreamt.”

Amalia Eirini Tzimopoulou (Melina) is the author of “Beauty” a practical guide to self-understanding and improvement, and “A Droplet’s Journey: a true faerie tale”, her own journey of self-discovery in story form.  Both books will soon be available electronically.

The Definition of an Educated Person

SOCRATES, Hellenic Philosopher 470-399 B.C.

“The definition of an educated person.”

When asked to define what constitutes an “educated” person he made no mention of accumulated knowledge.

He said that education is a behavioral matter.

So, what do I consider elements of an educated person?

*First and foremost someone who is able to control unpleasant situations rather than be controlled by them.

*Someone who faces all of their life events with bravery and reason.

*Someone who is honorable in all of their interactions.

*Someone who faces unpleasant events and individuals with goodwill.

*Someone who moderates their pleasures.

*Someone who doesn’t allow misfortune and failures to defeat them.

*Finally, someone who isn’t corrupted by success and glory.

 

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“The only road to complete and permanent healing is through self forgiveness.  That is the only practicable step each of us can take for the prevention and elimination of illness on any level.  It not only involves love of self but also of the heart, blood, our body as a whole.”

Amalia Eirini Tzimopoulou (Melina) is the author of “Beauty” a practical guide to self-understanding and improvement, and “A Droplet’s Journey: a true faerie tale”, her own journey of self-discovery in story form.  Both books will soon be available electronically.