The day has finished. We have spent today thinking of the following question:

Am I letting matters that are out of control stress me out?

This was a simple reflection to me. I break it down into the easiest terms for myself to remember.

Is there something bothering me that I cannot control? Are there things bothering me that I can control? In either case, I am the one who is in control of my emotions and how I react to those events.

In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius writes to himself:

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

I cannot waste my time worrying about things that are outside of my control. If I have control over myself and the events, then I have the power to rectify or control the events. If I have control over myself and not the events, then I have power over myself to control the emotions I have regarding the events.

Either way, I am in control of myself.



How have we grown from this? Did we execute any differently today because of this? Do you feel that you have new tools to accomplish tomorrow?

The Stoic Within

The art of living a virtuous life.

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