“For if a person shifts their caution to their own reasoned choices and the acts of those choices, they will at the same time gain the will to avoid, but if they shift their caution away from their own reasoned choices to things not under their control, seeking to avoid what is controlled by others, they will then be agitated, fearful, and unstable.” ~ Epictetus, Discourses, 2.1.12
This is similar to yesterday’s post. The lesson here is that there will always be unpredictable events occurring in our lives, so there is no way of avoiding them, no matter how hard we try. If we spend our time avoiding difficult situations, we will not be able to handle these situations when they do happen. And oh they will happen! Your problems will always follow you. So, it is important to learn how to handle our choices and judgements in order to have a stable and steady mind.