Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.
Simple and direct. Stop making excuses. If you want something in your life to change, make it happen.
If you want to be a better father, husband, employee, whatever it is, make the decision to be. Reflect upon how you haven’t been, what improvements you yourself can make in your life, and pivot to be the best you can be.
Stop saying you ‘want’ to be something.
Go and be it.
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
In order for one to have control over their their actions and in turn, reactions, one must be able to control themselves in mind, body, and spirit.
Stoicism is a philosophy born from Zeno of Citium of Athens in the early 3rd century. In the simplest of terms, it taught its students how to be able to handle their mind and emotions, thus controlling their reactions to the events around them.
Through this blog, I will be exploring this ancient philosophy and how it can be applied to our lives today. Along the way, we will be reviewing the ancient writings of many of the great stoics from Marcus Aurelius to Seneca to Epictetus and how their wisdom transcends time.
My hope is that through the process of these studies, you will not only be able to better understand yourself, but also the world around you, and in turn, be able to handle the ever evolving landscape of our lives.