Today's "Words of the Ancient Wise" post was from Epictetus...
This is education, to learn to wish that things should happen as they do. - Epictetus' Discourses, book i, chap, xii, sec. 15
My personal response to this was: "If we can learn to be content with what we have, to realize that life is what it must be, we will live a peaceful life. Every decision we have made has contributed to the present life that we are living. Rather than wishing to change the past and the present lets be conscious of our choices so that we craft our future."
I want to craft my future... what a wonderful turn of phrase I have stumbled upon. I am not just living, surviving the day to day... I am crafting my future. It fills me with a sense of wonder, awe and gleeful anticipation of what the future holds. I am like Pocahontas, peeking with hope around the next river bend, seeking a glimpse into the near future to what treasures lie waiting for me to discover. The present is a perfect result of my past and my decisions. I need to rest peacefully with my present and look with anticipation at the future, crafting it with conscious choices and "right" living. Sowing seeds that will mature into the type of crop I want in my life and yet leaving the results to the Universe knowing that I have sown with forethought and the best of intentions.
What do I want for my future? I want simple things... I am going to sow simple seeds of love, thoughtfulness, kindness, self-control, healthy eating, moderation and look forward with anticipation for the simple yet beautiful flowers of my life that will unfurl from my mindful planting.