The Good and Happy Man

“I say then that the good man is one who uses in a beautiful manner great things and opportunities. He likewise is able to bear well both prosperity and adversity. In beautiful and honourable circumstances also, he becomes worthy of the condition in which he is placed; and when fortune is changed, receives it in a proper manner. In short, on all occasions, he contends well from contingencies that may arise. Nor does he only thus prepare himself for whatever may happen, but likewise those who confide in and contend together with him.”

~ Archytas, Disciple of Pythagoras.

To see the good and opportune in every moment, and each circumstance we find ourselves in use as a positive. Surely this is a great way to see out our days.

Even better is to regard prosperity and adversity as equals. Not to judge any difference between them. This is the road to a happy and virtuous life!

There will always be ups and downs. Peaks and troughs. But if you see everything as necessary for your growth and development you will thrive.

Try it. For the next day or two pay attention to if a thing is good or bad. A situation is good or bad? A certain person or circumstance good or bad? Then ask why that is. It will probably be because its not how you would like it to be. You find yourself in adversity and wish you were prosperous.

Such is life. But if you can see prosperity and adversity as equal, simply karma playing out its hand. This is clarity.

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4 responses to “The Good and Happy Man

  1. Matthew

    A nice way to look at things if possible, very difficult though. I’ll give it a go.
    Glad your back on the blog too.

    • Hey Matthew.
      Good to be back. It’s not about changing your perspective all in one afternoon, just being a bit more aware of the labels like Nick so rightly says. Everything is labels, labels, labels.

      Once we realise how much we put things in pigeon holes of good or bad we can begin asking why that is. What makes it so.. It’s just observation to begin with, to see that it is so. Then after seeing clearly how much it occurs we can begin to work on it.

      Thanks for your comment. Your feedback is always appreciated! :)

  2. Absolutely.. :) Each Life experience we label with a “good” or “bad” or “mistake” adjective – when said labels just reflect our perception of said experience at the time… Many a so-called “bad” experience or “mistake” – may often turn out to be a great Blessing.. :) Treasure the Joy/Love when experienced – treasure, too, the ‘pain’ when experienced – as it’s through these experiences one often learns that which one needs to the most – making new choices in Life, which take one upon a new path, or reinforcing existing choices.. :)

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