Every time that we turn on our computers, we are bombarded with quotes, with images, with "inspirational cards" (Facebook is full of them!).
We have "Life coaches" telling us to be" Mindful" to have a "Mindset".
It seems to be the "New religion"
Authors are at it, Gurus are at it, it seems like every Tom, Dick and Harry is at it!
Sorry to tell you this folks but it's all been said and done before.
Thousands of years before.
By the Greeks, the Greek philosophers.
Philosophy: The love of wisdom
So search no further, just read what those wily, wise men of Athens had to say.
They knew what was what!
"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."
What we hear today as: "Small steps"
"Happiness depends upon ourselves."
All those inspirational cards telling us that:
"Only you have the ability to make yourself happy, don't depend on others"
"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour."
Interpreted today as:
"Step outside your comfort zone"
"To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future."
The old adage: " We learn from our mistakes"
"One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing."
Could be " We must never stop learning"
"Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty"
Today: "The best things in life are free"
Do not merely take something at face value, or do something because someone says so, whether it is one person or a hundred."
My personal favourite: "Never assume"
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
In other words: "Be grateful for what you have"
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
As we all know: "Just do it" !
These are just a few of thousands of quotes, from the works, books and poetry, of Greek Philosophers, wise men indeed.
They all seem to have a common idea:
Keep things simple.
So, live the simple life!