The Good Egg: The Stoic Challenge
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Happy Wednesday, Good Eggs! Today, I’m discussing the Stoic perspective when facing challenges in life.
Currently, I’m reading the book, “The Stoic Challenge” by William B. Irvine. He starts the book with a personal story which many of us can relate to…
He discusses how his easy-seeming nonstop flight became anything but easy.
The flight gets delayed multiple times, passengers are forced to deplane multiple times, and in the end, the flight gets canceled. You can imagine the groaning from passengers, the anger, the frustration — we’ve all been there.
In this moment, Irvine decides to take a different approach. He chooses to view this circumstance through the lens of a Stoic. He states the following about Stoics:
“Their goal was not to remain calm while suffering a setback but rather to experience a setback without thereby suffering.”
Irvine looked at this setback as nothing but a challenge that the “Stoic gods” had placed in his path.
It is a “test of our resilience and resourcefulness”.
We have the ability to choose the way we think about things in life. We can see setbacks as simply challenges we can take in stride. This perspective shapes the way we view life. Ultimately, it may lead to a happier life.
When you encounter a setback today, see it as a challenge in your path, and show your resilience and resourcefulness.
Remember, you have the power to create a happy life — it’s all in how you frame it.
-The Good Egg 🐣