The Stoics really did know best/better. I wanted to share a bit more Stoicism from a very approachable post. I summarized from this post for you: my thoughts in italics
- What’s the worst that could happen? Usually it never does
- Act ‘As If’. Yes, smiling will make you feel happier.
- Make it a Treat. Going without will improve your willpower and make you appreciate more. I personally practice this everyday by not snacking between meals, or even intermittent fasting too. I like to be hungry when I eat. All food taste better then anyway.
- Forgive yourself. We are human. It’s not about perfection; it’s about improvement. If you set a resolution, you won’t hit it out of the ballpark every.single.day.
And if you participate in any social media, you know the hashtag reference #firstworldproblem(s) We are a very privileged sort, and it is best to never lose sight of the fact. Reflection on this always lends to appreciation.
A part of me thinks this quote is relevant to this post, too.
What kind of crazy fucked up world do we live in where the two musical highlights of the year were provided by septuagenarians? -Bob Lefsetz
Here he is referencing Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan. He is more music industry reflective, but I love the way he writes, the natural and familiar thought streamline. I appreciate that.
Yes we all look at the world from an individualized lens. Regardless of reflecting on something trivial or deep, I feel we may often share a similar sentiment some days: ‘It’s a damn shame.’
Addenda, the term lifehack is overused and almost as obnoxious as ‘idea sex’.