I’ve begun making my way through Epictetus’ Enchiridion. “Enchiridion” is a short book or manual. And, Epictetus’ Enchirdion is a collection of his stoic teachings.

I am thirty minutes into the book now and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard some variant of “focus on what you control.”

I am listening to this book slowly. It is the sort of book that inspires more learning when you put it down. So, I listen to it for a few minutes every day.

As a result, I’ve started nearly every day this week listening to a reminder from Epictetus to focus on what I control. It has resonated every time.

Focus on what you control.

It is an idea that has the power to transform our lives if we make it part of how we live.

Focus on what you control.

It sounds so simple.

Simple is hard.