Epictetus was a Greek Philosopher. He explained that Philosophy is a way of life not just theory. He believed that all external events are determined by fate, (not Karma…whew) and are outside of our control. He taught that ideally we practice acceptance of external events but take full responsibility for our own actions. We examine and manage our choices through rigorous self-discipline.
He taught that suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable and/or neglecting what is with in our power.
So my take, with Fill Your Cup and weight loss in mind is this:
Suffer less by controlling what you can; how much you eat. Your exercise schedule will be manipulated by your real life obligations. Your body type was set by your genetic code, you are who you are, check in with those hands they match the rest of you and eat a portion that is proportionate.
When the friend you share a meal with says incredulously, “That’s ALL you are eating!?” be content to be thought foolish for your own improvement. Accept the giant portions you are served graciously but, with rigorous self-discipline, keep your portions to your cup. You will improve your waistline and perhaps over time change that friend’s perspective. Sip your water or tea and enjoy the space in your body. Don’t suffer with someone else’s expectation and never neglect what you CAN indeed control. Fill Your Cup.
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