I have been on again, off again, reading up on Stoicism for the past couple years. As a former classics major it is a philosophy of life that appeals to me. There is so much stress and anxiety out in the world that right now seems to be the ideal time to put its tenets to the test.

The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .” —Epictetus

Oh, boy, here we go.