Finance Stoic 2a – Drinking too much

I woke up this morning with a headache.

It is not new, I have long suffered from headaches.

It is also not new that it was likely from the beers I drank last night.

Too much. Too strong. It is always on my list to reduce the amount I drink, but I don’t.

Often, in reaction to something like the closed door, I will say to myself “I will have a beer, it will make me feel better.”

Beer cannot make me feel better. Only I can make myself feel better by exercising control over my thoughts and actions. It is in my control.

Financial independence thoughts

Replace beer with “stuff” and this Filipino proverb makes sense If you make a habit of buying things you do not need, you will soon be selling things you do

See another viewpoint by making sense of cents take on how buying things will not make you happy.

In your journey to FI and early retirement, rationalize your spending and reduce your cravings.

I read an amazing line from Marcus Aurelius Meditations last night that I think is quite appropriate:

People try to get away from it all – to the country, to the beach, to the mountains. You always wish that you could too. Which is idiotic: You can get away from it anytime you like. By going within.

Nowhere you can go is more peaceful – more free of interruptions – than your own soul…So keep getting away from it all – like that. Renew yourself. 

How beautiful is that? The cost…nothing…

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