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The photo above depicts Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. It can be found in Bolivia and when it becomes covered with water it turns into a giant mirror that can make someone look as if they are walking on clouds.
🌪 Finding Calm in The Storm
We all go through difficult periods of life. The storms inevitably come raging through our world filling us with uncertainty and doubt.
Our mindset in these moments can determine if we grow or collapse. Do we become more than we were or do we fall apart under the pressure?
Everyone is destined for difficult circumstances but misfortune need not define us.
We can learn to navigate our challenges in a way that forges our character and makes us more anti-fragile to the changing tides of life.
This is not something that needs to be figured out from scratch.
There are time-tested principles for transforming fear, uncertainty, and doubt into confidence, courage, and tranquility.
These principles are found within the classic texts of the Ancient Stoics.
And although this philosophy has been around for thousands of years, it's just as useful today in our increasingly chaotic, high-speed world.
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🎁 Rest In What We Have
In this quote Seneca offers some Stoic Wisdom on living in the present moment:
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
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⏳ From The Archives
A hand-picked classic HighExistence article
Philosopher Superheroes: 5 Times The Stoics Displayed Superhuman Courage
The world loves superheroes, and so do I.
If you take a look at the top 20 highest grossing movies of all time, you will see than in nearly every one of them there is a story of an ordinary person who embarks on an extraordinary journey.
On this journey, the hero leaves their ordinary world and sets forth on a path filled with enemies, mentors, trials, and setbacks as they eventually transform into the hero locked within their potential.
Heroes, of course, exist everywhere. We see heroes in our schools, in our police departments, in our fire services, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Superheroes, however, are a rarer breed.
A superhero is a hero among heroes—a hero who has gone the extra mile and is able to perform feats of character or determination way beyond any typical exemplary human.
History is scattered with superheroes. The most well-known ones that come to mind for me are the religious or cultural icons such as Jesus Christ, Buddha, and Socrates. More recent superheroes of industry and thought include Elon Musk, Leonardo da Vinci, and Isaac Newton.
But there is a small team of historical superheroes with whom I am particularly impressed. I see these individuals as the philosophical version of The Avengers. And what is especially fascinating about these superheroes is that they were self-made. They followed a system for courageous living that is still accessible to us today.
The individuals I am referring to are The Stoics.
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