For the October 12, 2020 KGUA radio Monday Morning Writer’s Hour, we are asked to free write words of encouragement in these challenging times.
Dan and the Stoics
The Stoics of Ancient Rome need better PR. Their philosophy is mistakenly thought to be about being impassive and unemotional. That couldn’t be further fron the truth. The Stoics are our guys to comfort and support us with practical suggestions on living well.
I’m no Stoic scholar, but my understanding is that the Stoics’ philosophy includes two key points for our lives. One, focus on what you can control, not what you can’t. Two, how you look at a situation is the key to happiness and satisfaction.
Ergo, you can control your response to a situation like a loss of a relationship or not reaching a goal you have set. You can look at a new situation as an opportunity not an obstacle.
So, today, I have some 2020 Stoic philosophy for your comfort and support.
I don’t have to do something, I get to do it.
I don’t have to be bummed about the restrictions in my life because of Covid-19; I get to see them as challenges to deal with. The obstacle is the way.
These restrictions are going to be with us for a while. How we deal with them can make all the difference.
That simple idea turned my life 180 degrees to the good.
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