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On Disappointment

"When therefore we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles." — Enchiridion 5, by Epictetus In the past couple of years I’ve been rebuked, insulted and disrespected to my face. I've also been treated at one time or another as if any lessons I've learned during my life up to now have been laughable or at least eye-roll worthy.  Recently when holding my grandchild, one relative glared at me with a look of disgust as if I’d just shit myself.  Other relatives quickly let me know if I verbally step on some sacred cow and offend some arbitrarily heightened sensitivity. I've also been frequently informed that my political leanings are anathema.   Being alone is not all that difficult to endure. What is somewhat difficult to endure is pretending to enjoy the company of people who strive to make me feel alone. “Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinio