Enchiridion means handbook: practical guide for life
Starts with the dichotomy of control;
- Some things are in our absolute control, our thoughts, decisions, actions, likes/dislikes
- Some things are not in our control; our body, what others think, our position in life, property …
Only things that are in our control are good or bad, everything outside of our control is indiffeerent. We shouldn't worry about them.
Example: Epictetus had a lame leg.
- Don’t get so upset about things you can do nothnig about
- Make a practiice of analyzing your impressions
- Remind yourself of the impermanence of things
- Be modest, do not grab too much (banquet comparison)
- Respond to insults with humor