If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius The Buddha taught that we suffer because we cling. “Clinging” is defined as “holding on or pushing away,” which are the same thing. Both require intense focus and energy. Today, notice how “your estimate” of a thing determines your experience of it. If your experience is suffering, revoke your estimate.