On inconvenience

You traveled for an hour to meet a friend, but he did not show up, and you did not receive his message excusing himself until you had already arrived. Instead of being angered and frustrated by the loss of two hours as you head back home, ask yourself, “What would I have been doing instead?” The truth is you probably got out the house for a few hours rather than just sitting around wasting your time on some pointless task.

And if you really would have spent your time more productively than that, think instead of your friend, who suffered more in having to excuse himself–for whatever reason–than you did in your journey: For now you have had the chance to practice your philosophy and so become a better man.

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