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Day four and the fun is done…

Day four.jpg

Well, days one through four were fun. But tomorrow will be a different story.  Now I’ve reached the hardest part of quilt-making which is cutting the back and the batting, basting it all together as a “quilt sandwich,” and the doing the machine quilting. Plus hand-sewing the final binding. So, time for a dip into one of my favorite stoics, Epictetus, for a bit of character-building wisdom and patience.

When confronting life’s inevitable hard times or the technical challenges that work brings, the Roman philosopher advises:

“When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it; you can either accept it or resent it.  …  What really frightens us and dismays us is not the external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them.”

–Epictetus, The Art of Living

This may seem like a lofty prescription for well-being, but no one said the art of life would be easy…



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