Stoic Practices to Help You Through This Time of Chaos

Some stoic practices to help you through this time of Chaos.

What is in my control – As this coronavirus outbreak as shown us there are lots of things outside of our control, Shouting at the tv, posting on Facebook, getting worried and panicking won’t change any of that.

What we can do is focus on the things in our control, We can stay calm amongst the panic, follow the guidelines on how to stop the spread by washing your hands and staying indoors, we can’t control whether other people are going out or not but we can control what we do and how we react.

Amor Fati – A fire turns anything that’s thrown on top of it into flames and burns brighter – Marcus Aurelius 

What keeps you from crumbling in the face of difficulties, Loving what happens to you and turning those obstacles into opportunities. No amount of anger or self-pity will change things, 

When your feeling Hungary say Amor Fati – Because your alive and can feel it,

When you’re being overrun at work because of this outbreak – say Amor fati because you’re still at work helping people and making a difference.

When you’ve just been laid off from a job because of the outbreak, Amor fati, This is an opportunity to spend more time with the family…

Whatever you’re struggling with Amor Fati, how can whatever it is turn you into a better person and grow

Premeditatio Malorum – Have a plan for if things get worse,

People seem to think that this is going to blow over in a couple of weeks and then everything’s going to get back to normal,

It probably isn’t, things are likely going to get much worse, not just during the outbreak but after it too, we’re likely going to face depression, prices and taxes are likely going to increase and some of our favourite businesses are going to go out…

Premeditatio Malorum in a time like this is probably the best time to start practising and planning for if things get worse.

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…”

Sympatheia – We’re all in this together

Stop being selfish, and look after the greater community its a global epidemic, not a youdemic play your part even that means just staying inside.

Memento Mori – We walk around thinking that we’re going to live forever and we treat our loved ones the same,

Memento More means to remember that you will die and so will your loved ones, this isn’t supposed to morbid but the opposite,

Knowing that one day you or your loved one will eventually part ways with life means that you don’t take their time with you for granted, you cherish the time that you’re given instead of wasting it watching tv or on your phone.

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.

Choose Your Ancestors…

“We were kids without fathers, so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves.”
― Jay-Z

‘We got to pick and choose our ancestors…’

We can’t choose our family, but we can choose our inspiration,

We choose the people we look up to, the information we feed ourselves, the books we read, the movies we watch…

In the Book Steal Like An Artist – Austin talks about the concept of choosing your Ancestors.

You take your inspiration and find who inspired them, then you find your inspirations inspiration and repeat the process, eventually, you have a family tree of inspiration, whose work you study, imitate and create new ideas…

Create your own family tree, Create your own world, Create Yourself

Obstacles Illuminate New Options

Obstacles Illuminate New Options – Ryan Holiday

I’ve said it before, There is no Map…

No clear path, unless we follow someone else’s

And because we’re creating our own route…

We’re going to run into obstacles and roadblocks…

There are two choices when this happens…

1. Get frustrated, complain and quit or…
2. See them for the neon sign they are saying ‘this way’

The latter will although may not be the easier option, Will lead you to overcome adversity, help you find solutions to other Obstacles and will lead you even greater growth…

Follow the diversion, Climb over the roadblock… Just don’t turn back

“The Pain of Discipline is far less than the pain of regret.”

“The Pain of Discipline is far less than the pain of regret.”

The side effect conundrum…

If you hate exercising and you stop, You will probably have a better day

If you hate saving money, you will most likely have a better day when you spend that money on something that makes you feel better…

If instead of following your diet plan you binge out on sweets and whatever you will most likely feel better…

Feel better In the short run, Until the side effects kick in.

And suddenly the doctors told us we have a heart problem, or we need some money but we spent it all on some crap we don’t need…

Then we wonder ‘If only I dealt with the side effects of a little discipline’

When it all could have been avoided by going through an hour a day of discomfort, 10-20% of your wages stashed away… Whatever it is…

Put up with the short term side effects of discipline
Or live with the long term effects of being undisciplined