Unavoidable life situations and circumstances can easily create a feeling of us being victims.
If we are faced with misfortune, hardship, disaster or tragedy, and accept them, then we are positive, make the best of them, and we get out of the victim mindset. Nothing should be on our way to be happy and alive.
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Stoicism acknowledges the challenges we face and teaches us practical lessons so that we may overcome whatever stands in our way. By taking a practical approach to happiness, we learn how to maintain it for longer periods of time and help others do the same.
Buddha taught that there is suffering in this world, it is inevitable, and the root cause of suffering is mainly the desires we feel.
We want something, always, and feel miserable when we don't get it.
Stoicism teaches us to live in accordance with nature and to accept that suffering will manifest in different ways in our lives.
Knowing where you are heading in life, what is your purpose, your direction and your destination is crucial. One has to find one's calling in life.
If we travel with no destination in our minds, we are lost.
Theory and principles can get inside our heads and we can just be caught up in definitions.
Philosophy may be all about thinking but is not of much use if the principles are not applied.
The narrative we choose matters the most in the course of our lives.
What we tell ourselves decides our perspective and it is formed with first-hand experience along with knowledge and wisdom of the past.
Only say what is important, do not try to explain to others how much you know or how much you have accomplished. Show them through your actions and work towards not been affected by their opinion.
A happy person who has something that you lack will never show it off. Humility builds character; it allows one to grow and prosper without stressing about what others think.
We must show ourselves compassion and understand that we all have lived life differently.
With how far we've come in our journey, have you ever taken a moment to step back and reflect on how you felt about yourself? It's easy to overlook the importance of understanding ourselves and then compare ourselves to other people and what they've achieved at their age, but this only leads to unhappiness and discontentment.
There are two kinds of things in the world– those you can control and those you cannot. Accept the things you cannot and work ceaselessly to perfect the things you can.
That’s it. It’s a very simple philosophy. Or as Hadot says, “There is no good but moral good, and there is no evil but moral evil.” In other words, the good/evil dichotomy exists only inside one’s mind and actions.