Check-In: Stoicism Thought Exercise

Roman Stoic Philosopher Seneca the Younger once famously wrote, "we suffer more in imagination than in reality."

Think about some of the things that make you feel worried or angry. Now, I asked you to do that not just to raise your heart rate but to ask a question:

  • Does your worry or anger help or hurt you?
  • Follow-up question, does your worry or anger help the situation?

Stoic philosophers point out that we suffer needlessly when we are upset by things we cannot control. We are free to focus on the relationship we have with ourselves when we realize the only thing we actually have control over is ourselves.