Power Over Our Own Thoughts
Giving Over Power
We say things like "He made me angry!" This confused way of speaking then becomes confused thinking. No one makes us angry - we respond with anger generated within ourselves. Once you realise that you alone have the power and responsibility for your thoughts, you gain perspective and regain power over your own responses. Others are not making you think anything - you are giving up power and responding without thinking to their actions, or rather your interpretation of their actions (also within your control).
The View You Take of Things
“When anyone provokes you, remember that it is actually your own opinion provoking you. It is not the person who insults or attacks you who torments your mind, but the view you take of these things.” #stoicism— ❤️ Therapy Aroha Ltd (@therapyaroha) July 17, 2020
― Epictetus, The Manual: A Philosopher's Guide to Life