You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius
October 1st marks the beginning of “Stoicism Week”, a celebration of the timeless practical philosophy, founded in Athens circa 300 BC. Many of history’s great minds such as George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, along with household names such as JK Rowling, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady read and admire the Stoics.
Stoicism is a practical guide for living, providing a framework for behavior and mindset in an inherently unpredictable world. It teaches us how to respond well to a world outside of our control.
Two key principles of the philosophy are:
1) Differentiate between the things you can and can’t control. Focus your energy and attention on those things over which you have control, whilst forgetting about the rest.
2) We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happens to us, as well as how we respond.
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