Calm Down

One of the running themes that can be seen throughout Greek philosophy, but especially Stoicism, is the concept of calm detachment. Whether it’s Marcus Aurelius, Seneca or Epictetus, they all stress the same thing- that when you remain calm, those around you do as well. And it is through a calm investigation of the facts, of the situation, that progress can be made. Progress in a steady, methodical fashion.

Unfortunately, this is probably one of my biggest weaknesses. I’m a worrier, a panicer, someone who is the exact opposite of calm in stressful situations. But it is also a blessing, because I have something significant to work on. Something that could bring real change to my life if I can master it.