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Vol. 4, Issue 12, December 2022
Stoic writings are full of strategies to cope with hardships, anger, fear, and other negative emotions. There are many reasons for this. For instance, many Stoics lived under tyranncial rulers. Anyone could be arbitrarily killed or exiled. There was widespread slavery and poverty.
Take a moment to look around, and see, from an outside lens, the workings of this festival unfolding all around us.
Internally voicing the word ‘festival’ can help you practise the concept with ease.
“Even though the festival may be noisy, it can still be beautiful, fascinating, and just the right place for living a good life.”
Some only begin to live when it is time for them to quit living. And if this seems surprising to you, let me tell you something that will surprise you even more: Some people quit living long before they begin.
You can practice Stoicism and also have a good time... For a Stoic, these sorts of things are all matters of rationality and proportion.
While we know true happiness isn't found inside gift wrapping or at the bottom of a cup of holiday cheer, we should nevertheless take pleasure in everyday joys when we can.
While the meaning of life will no doubt remain enigmatic, the Stoics show us that meaning in life is attainable, but it’s on us to make it.
It’s an act of strength and courage to be yourself.