SLRP: LV. On Vatia’s Villa



Your letter touched on several topics, a couple of which I’ve been thinking on myself.  The first is the keen and sharp difference between leisure and idleness.  This moved smoothly into a discussion on how our surroundings do not determine our state of mind.  In fact, the state of mind we cultivate has primacy in importance.  We can find happiness in any place.

This issue is one which is on my heart these days.  Still in exile, doing many things which are instrumental to my exile, but which bring me no joy.  My heart is tired from it.

But, it is within my purview to look and find some happiness… even in exile.  I’m going to concentrate on that today.


Part of Michel Daw’s Reading Plan of Seneca’s Letters.

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