Don’t be a puppet to External Events.

Events affect our feelings and our feelings affect our actions,

We can have the best intentions of eating healthy and exercising but then some event affects your mood and instead of eating that salad or whatever you opt for the feel-good fast food take out and then go to the bar after work instead of the gym (Obvs none of these are happening right now)

Events are out of our control, we don’t control the traffic or the train being delayed, or a global outbreak that f*cks the world up, so why would we let something out of our control affect our mood and therefore actions.

How many opportunities have we missed because of this.

We don’t control outside events but we can control how we act.

When we control how we act we also control how we feel, Take control of what you can, Don’t be a puppet to External Events.

Premeditio Malorum

Premeditio Malorum

What is quite unlooked for is more crushing in its effect, and unexpectedness adds to the weight of a disaster. This is a reason for ensuring that nothing ever takes us by surprise. We should project our thoughts ahead of us at every turn and have in mind every possible eventuality instead of only the usual course of events…” – Seneca

Premeditio Malorum – Think about the evils that lay ahead,

In various conversations over the past week and what I’ve seen on FB, people seem to think that this virus is going to blow over in a week or two and then things are going to be normal again…

The chances of that happening are practically nil, even if the virus did magically clear within a week or two, The aftermath is going to hit not just the UK but the global economy hard…

Prices are probably going to increase as well as Taxes, businesses are going to close down and our jobs…

well, the government may be covering your wage for now, but can whoever you work for last once this is blown over…

Premeditio Malorum, have a plan for things getting worse, you can hope for the best but at least if you’re prepared you won’t have the added weight of unexpectedness and shock to deal with as well…

‘I wish it need not happen in my time’

‘I wish it need not happen in my time’

I wish it need not happen in my time said Frodo

So do I… and so do all who live to see such times,
But that’s not for them to decide, All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us said Gandalf.

We can wish this virus didn’t happen, we can wish anything bad didn’t happen,

But they did and we can’t change that, we can’t control what bad shit happens in the future,

all we can control is how we react to the situation at hand, you don’t need to rise and be a hero to the world or anything but complaining and moaning and wishing for things to be different is worse than any viruses…

Because you are literally waisting the time that has been given too you.

Take A Walk

We ought to take outdoor walks, to refresh and raise our spirits by deep breathing in the open air. – Seneca

If there is one solution for many things…

It’s walking, The same was true for the philosophers 2000 years ago (Like Seneca) as it is today…

When we’re stressed, overwhelmed – take a walk.

Stuck on a problem – Go for a walk

Want some space and time to think – Go for a walk

Want to be active…take a walk…

Fancy a walk… go for a walk

In our busy day to day lives, walking gives the time to think, get some open air, away from all the noise, generate new thoughts and relax.

We don’t often get that in our office blocks and busy cities.

Turn your phone off &

Take a walk

The Little Things Add Up

The Little Things Add Up – Ryan Holiday

When we go about change, we normally make these big dramatic changes, They never normally last, Then we’re back to where we started…

But it’s the little things that can make a huge difference over time…

They don’t seem like much, getting up an hour earlier, reading or writing one page a day, walking for 30 minutes every day…

What are you looking to do or change, What small thing can you do daily that will make a huge difference over time?

Obviously the same is true in reverse the small negatives add up too.