The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
Leading is a privilege, don’t waste it by being afraid or threatened.
That one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity
In life, we must choose what is necessary and what is unnecessary. Stoicism has discussed this issue in the text of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus focusing on asking ourselves what is really important. Seneca explains this in letter to a stoic when he tells Lucilius that «Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.”