Thursday, 29 September 2022

Stick with just the facts, don't get carried away

Don't tell yourself anything more than what the initial impressions report. It's been reported to you that someone is speaking badly about you. This is the report -- the report wasn't that you've been harmed. I see that my son is sick -- but not that his life is at risk. So always stay within your first impressions, and don't add to them in your head -- this way nothing can happen to you.

-- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.49

* Source: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman 

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Start with where the world is

Do now what nature demands of you. Get right to it if that's in your power. Don't look around to see if people will know about it. Don't await the perfection of Plato's Republic, but be satisfied with even the smallest step forward and regard the outcome as a small thing.

-- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.29.(4)

As an  organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be -- it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be.

-- Saul Alinksy in Rules for Radicals

* Source: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman 

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

There is always more room to maneuver than you think

Apply yourself to thinking through difficulties -- hard times can be softened, tight squeezes widened, and heavy loads made lighter for those who can apply the right pressure.

-- Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, 10.4b

* Source: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman 

Monday, 26 September 2022

Don't get emotional, get focused

You must stop blaming God, and not blame any person. You must completely control your desire and shift your avoidance to what lies within your reasoned choice. You must no longer feel anger, resentment, envy or regret.

-- Epictetus, Discourses, 3.22.13 

* Source: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman