Are you really in control of your life?

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“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

In today’s world where everything seems to move too fast, we can find it difficult to be happy and find peace. However, Marcus Aurelius, former Roman emperor and stoic philosopher, emphasises that the quality of our thoughts directly impacts our happiness. With that, by focusing our thoughts on the present moment, it should be possible to relieve ourselves from the burdens of the future. Practice and by doing so, we should be able to gain clarity and perspective by reassessing what is really important for us.

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” – Viktor Frankl

Our thoughts often become our worst enemies which leads us to self-doubt and anxiety. In a similar vein to Marcus Aurelius in his Meditations which encourages us to tame our minds and understand our inner monologue, Victor Frankl emphasises that we have the option to choose how our attitude and response in the face of suffering and transcend our circumstances and discover profound significance in our existences.

With Marcus Aurelius and Victor Frankle, enjoying each day’s journey is crucial to reducing stress and worry. Rather than fixating on distant goals, we learn to appreciate the beauty of the present moment. Silencing the inner voice of “what if” and second-guessing allows us to focus on the reality of now, finding fulfilment in life’s simple pleasures.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford

Henry Ford’s quote reminds us that simplifying our approach to life can bring greater peace of mind. Letting go of the need to control every outcome allows us to embrace the beauty and possibility of each moment. As we cultivate mindfulness and gratitude, we discover that true happiness comes from within, regardless of external circumstances.

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Most of those retiring in Thailand have spent years conforming to social expectations. They have worked hard, experienced marriages, raised children, and now find their offspring leading their own lives. With retirement comes the thought, “It’s time for me, not others.” Encouraging us to look forward rather than dwelling on the past. It is essential to make this time about personal happiness, living, loving, and taking control of one’s thoughts and actions.

Adopting these philosophical insights into your life, it is important to remember that Retirement marks a significant milestone in life—a time to prioritise your own happiness and well-being. As you embrace this new chapter, remember that you hold the power to shape your own destiny. Let go of the burdens of the past, take control of your thoughts and actions, and seize the opportunity to live the remainder of your life on your own terms. By doing so, you open the door to a retirement filled with joy, purpose, and fulfilment.

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