"There are more things.. likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality."
MORE IDEAS FROM A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety
The complexity of nature is such that, it is impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad.
So it is pointless to be worried, since the unexpected events that you fear will may never come and obviously they have not yet come. Stop harassing your soul because worrying constantly keeps us tensed against an imagined disaster.
Pity is an especially problematic and painful treatment, although it might seem very close to kindness. When someone hears of a problem we have, they may ask us with concern how we are doing; they will inquire if they can get us anything at all; they will say they imagine how awful things are.
To be pitied is to be placed in a category of loneliness and freakishness at the very moment when we really long for solace and confirmation of being human.
Instead of focussing on the negatives in the situation, deliberately discover what is still going right.
In choosing your perspective you are keeping the problem from consuming you.
We communicate with each other as a habit but miss a lot in what a conversation really holds.
Our lack of listening skills, our inner chatter, and the urge to speak about ourselves is clouding any real, worthwhile exchange of words.
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