Tonight we survey and put together some recent gems from @DailyStoic. In a lot of ways, these thoughts connect to remind us (READ: me) to #chill while maintaining the drive of a man of #Action. Controlling our emotions means placing things into proper perspective. You run your life, you are never the object in your life, but the subject, the author, the creator.
“It isn’t events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them.” – Epictetus
“He who indulges empty fears earns himself real fears.” – Seneca
“To live a good life: we have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” – Marcus Aurelius
“You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve.” – Marcus Aurelius
ON PROTECTING YOUR TIME
“I say, let no one rob me of a single day who isn’t going to make a full return on the loss.” – Seneca
“Take some of your own time for yourself, too.” -Seneca
ON GOLDEN SILENCE
“I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.” – Cato
“Deliberate much before saying or doing anything, for you will not have the power of recalling what has been said or done.” – Marcus Aurelius
“And how trivial the things we want so passionately are.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Revenge is an admission of pain; a mind that is bowed by injury is not a great mind.” – Seneca
ON BOLD ACTION
“Let us also produce some bold act of our own – And join the ranks of the most emulated.” – Seneca
“Two elements must therefore be rooted out once and for all. The fear of future suffering, and the remembrance of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me and the former concerns me not yet.” – Seneca
It’s too easy to dismiss these teachings as anachronisms lost in times gone by. Personal philosophy is not something meant only for the battlefields of Rome and Greece. The Classical worldview did allow time for reflection, but what keeps you so busy that you can’t reflect on your life? I can guess…email, social media, worry, anxiety, rushing, modern desk jobs, fast food? It’s in there somewhere I bet. The point is not meant to be patronizing, but rather to force you to think…do you really need to spend all of your available time on those activities, or could you benefit by subtracting some or all of those things?
I digress. It’s time to get back to the daily grind, but this was fun, right? This Stoics Roundup will become a recurring event, because they are amazing and timeless.