If I had to choose a favorite philosopher it would have to be Epicurus. Even though not much evidence of his philosophy remains, in a nutshell he believed that the pursuit of happiness, tranquility and peacefulness was the way to live your life. He thought that this should be achieved through self sufficiency and strong friendships. People often mistake the word epicurean to mean over indulgence but this was far from the simple life he led.
His home was also his school of philosophy which was known as ‘the garden’ and his followers and he lead a simple life, eating food produced there; Epicurus himself being a vegetarian, although this wasn’t something he insisted on for his followers.
Some of his quotes embody the way I would like to live, such as;
‘Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance’
‘He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing’.
That’s not to say that I don’t believe we should go for what we want but I do think we should be satisfied with what we have and I believe that successful people are those who are able to modify their aims if they are not immediately winners. That in fact success is partly about accepting failure and turning what appears to be disappointment into success.
My final quote of this blog is;
‘Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you have now was once among the things only hoped for’.
Certainly these quotes aren’t the answer to everything and if you are going through a tough time they can appear trite, it’s not always possible to be happy and things happen that we would never hope or wish for. On a day to day basis though, when life is mundane and not much is happening and you feel a bit down, it can certainly help to remind yourself to be happy with the simple things.
Speaking of abundance, below are photos if my courgettes, now marrows, what a crop, this is a small sample. Also a massive plum crop means lots are frozen and the photo shows plum wine and plum compote:
Have a happy and tranquil week.