I have been investigating Stoicism for a little while now. It has helped me for the past month or so. I like it.
From the dictionary the definition I am referring to is usually the 2nd definition as shown below:
an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.It is repeated in the serenity prayer used by many in the AA and associated groups:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
Now for "stoics", the prayer thing works, minus the God part.
I have been using the Daily Stoic* to set me up for the day. I think it is important so I will continue to use it, and today's meditation is:
You will more quickly find an earthly thing cut off from earth than you will a person cut off from other human beings. Marcus Auraelius
The idea here is that humans need each other. There are many ways we can cut others out of our lives, but it diminishes our lives and devalues theirs. When you believe that you can only control your reaction it does NOT mean you ignore others when you disagree.