Stoic week 2018 Day 1 Happiness

Think about this

The wise person does nothing that he could regret, nothing against his will, but does everything honourably, consistently, seriously, and rightly; he anticipates nothing as if it is bound to happen, but is shocked by nothing when it does happen …. and refers everything to his own judgement, and stands by his own decisions. I can conceive of nothing which is happier that this. – Cicero, Tusculan Disputations 5.81

My interpretation

A wise person will do things honourable, consistently, seriously and rightly.

The fact that Cicero in the above passage expected nothing (anticipates nothing as if it is bound to happen) for example his examination results and not surprise when things happen (but is shocked by nothing when it does happen)

5-10 minutes each day: wake up each morning take a few moments to compose yourself and then patiently rehearse the day ahead, planning how you can make yourself a better person, while also accepting that some things lie beyond your control.

There is a next exercise to say to myself in the mind

“I shall meet with people who are meddling, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, and unsociable. They are subject to these faults because of their ignorance of what is good and bad. (Meditations, 2.1) ”

Practice observing

  • Thoughts
  • Actions
  • Feelings

the fill up Self-Monitoring Record Sheet

Highligted source modern stoic

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