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Effortless Stoicism - James Pierce

The Way We Live

The Way We Live

We live our lives reactively, sitting on the endless roller-coaster of happiness and misery.

A non-reactive existence is possible if one first examines all the assumptions, the false notions that our lives are based on. These beliefs and notions can seem difficult to let go of as they have become a part of us.

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Crave what is new and unexplored, and fearlessly pursue those areas. 

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Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will—then your life will flow well.

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Improving our ability to cope

While there's little we can do to change the realities of a global crisis we can change the mindset we use to face them.

  • Channel your inner lawyer. Verbalize the negative assumptions you make about the future, then dispute them with realistic facts, not mindless optimism.
  • Turn constraints into decisions. Examine every problem by listing the apparent limitations on your freedom and then considering how you can change them. For example, if you feel a dip in your productivity because of the lockdowns, change the definition of productivity.

The healthiest way to look at a difficult period in our lives is as an opportunity for improvement and personal growth.