I have been using the concepts of Epictetus long before I knew him. Whenever circumstances have been dominating I have come up with a stronger beliefs to face these adversities. It’s my results in Kannada exam, 8th standard, which I doomed in. And then I thought what many would “this is not for me” but I used Epictetus. Asking myself how can I think differently in situations at hand. Epictetus in (AD 55-135) said ” you are not disturbed by circumstances, but the way you look at them”. This statement is as valid in 2016 as it was centuries ago. Time and again Epictetus have supported me in different forms. Once as Viktor Frankl, as Stephen Covey, Ellis, Beck, different movies and Images. What have these guys done is to support me think differently in the adversities. Adversities I thought had no way out. Helped me coming up with various responses in the same situation. It’s 1999 I had to finish my assignments I am dealing with different family issues. Covey helps me with
“The way you look at the problem is the problem”.
It’s 2004 the new job is difficult to handle with long travel hours and Ellis comes to rescue. Ellis says” you disturb yourself with your rigid briefs about the circumstances “. The newest change is difficult to handle and adversity has many perspectives. Our happiness depends upon the way we choose to look at this change and challenges. It’s 2006 I am working with a martinet sort of person it was difficult for me to empathize with this chap. And then get the DVD as a gift of “life is beautiful”.
How a Jewish father makes “life” like a game in a dreaded concentration camp. I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence that I keep getting this “Mojo” or I find meaning in them. Whatever it is the theme is similar ” I can think different in the most difficult situations”.
Today, I was overwhelmed with work, doing so many things at a time. There is strenuous work on all fronts. Being in Mumbai considerable time goes in hectic traveling. Life situations like always have been dominating. And then I see this…
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Himali Kelvekar, Student of English literature with a minor in communication, media and Psychology at christ university, Bangalore with a on-ground work experience in content writing ,editing,designing and public relations.
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