How a Stoic Deals With Change
“If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgement about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgement now.” - Marcus Aurelius
Being individuals we learn that while we have many differences, we also have many similarities. Many of us share the same life experiences, same influences but what separates us is usually how we see things and how we react. Take this story for example: a father has two sons, each son grew up witnessing the turmoil of alcoholism. Their lives threw into shambles because of it.
One son decides he is contemptuous with his life and what he believes to be his destiny. To be the son of an alcoholic, he soon turned to drinking. The other son, instead witnessed the negativity that this brought to his family. He decided he didn’t want this life, so he worked harder, went to school, became wiser, and as a result became successful. When both sons were asked how did they become this, the answer was the same “because I witnessed my father”.
Each son welcomed the change that was happening in their respective lives, but to what degree will you decide to react positively? It is not enough to be a stoic and passively welcome any and all change, you must react accordingly. No matter where you are in life, know that you can always improve your intelligence and perspective.