This past month, I’ve been an anxious wreck. There’s been a lot of significant changes going on in my life, and I’ve been stuck constantly thinking about the worst possible future outcomes. There’s a quote from Stoic philosopher, Seneca, which provides me with some ease. It goes like this, ‘The whole future lies in uncertainty, live immediately’. So, it got me thinking
Why are we as humans obsessed with thoughts about the future?
What happens to us biologically when these thoughts get stuck there?
How do we break free and begin to ‘live immediately’ as Seneca says?
Last week I came across a quote from Stoic philosopher Epictetus that reads, “How long are you going to wait till you demand the best for yourself?”. Upon finding this, I was hit with a sense of unease for a couple of days. I realized that over the past few months, I have become self-complacent. All my time and attention was placed on gathering information about self-improvement from so many different sources including Stoic philosophy, however I wasn’t applying it to myself at all. After speaking with a couple of friends, it’s apparent that I’m not alone when it comes to this. So, I thought that I’d make a post on how we can stop holding ourselves back, and start to demand the best for ourselves.
I am a firm believer that no matter the situation you’re facing, there’s always a lesson to be learnt. However, not all situations are built the same. Sometimes, you’re going to get criticism that isn’t helpful at all. This could come from friends, spouses, or co-workers. In today’s post, we’re going to be talking about a few ways to deal with destructive criticism.
In today’s post, we’re going to continue our ‘What’s the difference’ series where we look at misunderstandings between two similar concepts. Last time we talked about self-love and selfishness. Today, we’re going to be talking about the difference between confidence and arrogance. Which trait do you have? Let’s discuss.
This post marks the first in a new series titled “Things out your control”. A lot of us give so much of our time and energy trying to control things that we can’t, leaving us feeling stressed and dissatisfied. In this post, we’re going to talk specifically about our emotional reaction to life. We’ll talk about why it’s out of our control and what we should do about it. Let’s discuss.