When I first read this, having just gone through a few days of personal hell – which I may or may not write about when I’ve got some energy back – I thought “yeah right, easy for you to say”, but you know what, he’s right. “You should use your energy and time and effort on what you can control, and give no thought to what’s outside of your control.” It’s like Cristian’s been following me the last few days. You haven’t, have you? Was that you…? Joke. So, now to try to mend. It’ll probably take a while – it did the last time – but mending has to be done.
“Our actions may be impeded . . . but there caan be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius
We often view philosophy as this dry, complex, and abstract pursuit that is reserved only for the most intelligent among us. It seems quite useless in our day to day lives.
There’s an exception, of course. Stoicism is remarkably clear and practical. And, truth be told, once you understand its main principles you begin to see them in a lot of other aspects of life, from religion to cognitive behavioral therapy.
One of Stoicism’s main ideas is to let go of what you can’t control. In other words, if you are upset by something you…
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