Stoic 101

What did you expect
that the winds would howl around all others
and leave you unruffled
Or for the Suns Ray’s to travel light-years
to warm you and you only

This is the point
our reason for being
the thing you’ve searched for
all this time
high and low

Don’t you see
it is simply to be
now
in this brief instant
and the next

Breathe deeply during times of trepidation and tranquillity alike
all is as nature intended

To journey through life
is to enrol in the university of adversity

Don’t badge things up
as luck or fate
they are stories we tell ourselves
when reality seems too difficult to contemplate

Instead
let us meditate
as Senica and Marcus Aurelius did before us
With humility, patience and kindness
a sense of service to yourself and others

Practice your art until it wears you out
there you will find true contentment

Reflect regularly
acknowledging your place in all time
a pin-prick in this universe
merely atoms and Stardust
returning to their source
soon enough

So step forward with purpose
for anywhere that you can lead your life
you can lead a good one

Photo: Hans M

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Posted by Steven Thomas

Fan of great ideas and (especially) the people that make them work. Steven is the creator of CurveFinder exploring subjects like collaboration, leadership, creative endeavour and personal development. He's spent over two decades working in the UK media industry holding various senior business and creative leadership roles, most recently with a focus on Digital Transformation and Corporate Start-ups. Accomplished coach and mentor. Seth Godin's altMBA Alumni. Lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young family. Always in the kitchen at parties.

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