Don’t Spill The Water

“The soul is like a bowl of water, and our impressions are like the ray of light falling upon the water. When the water is troubled, it appears that the light itself is moved too, but it isn’t. So, when a person loses their composure it isn’t their skills and virtues that are troubled, but the spirit in which they exist, and when that spirit calms down so do those things.”

-Epictetus, Discourses, 3.3.20-22

You shook the bowl of water up. Your reaction to the impression you have on the sloshing water is temporary. You know in a few moments the water will be still once again.

React with the knowledge the water will once again be still. That way you will never knock the bowl over.

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