Stoicism

Stoics spend every day writing and reflecting on the art of living, which is what many bloggers do too, so you may be half way to being a Stoic already. But Stoicism was also designed for the living and DOING of daily life, which is what makes it philosophically unique.

Stoicism is an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Athens in the 3rd century BC and continued by Seneca (d. 65 AD), Epictetus (d. 135 AD) and Marcus Aurelius (d. 180 AD).

“I will keep constant watch over myself and – most usefully – will put each day up for review. For this is what makes us evil – that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future descend from the past.” – Seneca, Moral Letters, 83.2

“From Rusticus… I learned to read carefully and not be satisfied with a rough understanding of the whole, and not to agree too quickly with those who have a lot to say about something.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 1.7.3

“But what does Socrates say? ‘Just as one person delights in improving his farm, and another his horse, so I delight in attending to my own improvement day by day.'” – Epictetus, Discourses, 3.5.14

So, here are some Stoic exercises for today.

What are you getting out of your blogging ritual?

What bad habit did you curb today?

And which of your possessions owns you?

I would love to hear your reflections in the comments section.

3 thoughts on “Stoicism

  1. Today I put in place a thing I had been excited to be challenged to do, and know it will happen. In doing so, I negated procastination, one of my sometimes bad habits. My possession that owns me is my phone, with its instant access to the world, and so procrastination.

    A wannabe novelist who isn’t writing in the long form is not an actual novelist … I’m edging closer, but it’s one stip closer, two steps away.

    Stoic thought, when it comes helps to sift through these things, and writing what I have written here helps with focus for the coming day. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for commenting. Daily blogging is one of the best ways to train to become a novelist. It helps us to write every, or most, days and we’re courageously putting our best effort out there for people to respond to. You have made me very happy today because you’re the first person to comment on my blog which I started over a week ago. Thank you!

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