Learning to Live with the Unchangeable
THERE was an ancient Greek philosopher who is reputed to have counseled: ‘Young man, get married, get married. If you get a good wife, you will be happy and that is a good thing. And if you do not get a good wife, you will become a philosopher and that also is a good thing. The idea of the latter part of the saying is that it is good to adjust to that which cannot be changed, taking a philosophical view of life, as it were. This matter of learning to live with the unchangeable applies to ever so many facets of life.
“What can’t be cured must be endured,”is the way one physician put it. One thing that all such disadvantaged persons can do is to learn to appreciate the blessings that they do have.
Is it not true that life and even a measure of health are great blessings? There are the beauties of creation or “nature,” the pleasure of listening to beautiful music, the love of family and friends and the satisfaction that comes from being useful both to oneself and to others. (w78 3/15 pp. 3-4)
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