During the writing of this article the world is facing a Global Crisis. Our way of life has changed. Many of us are in some sort of lockdown and the future is uncertain. It is normal to feel overwhelmed. We worry but I am telling you that we don’t have to give in to these emotions. In a Crisis it is better to approach the situation from a Stoic point of view.
To quote Shakespeare “well, then it isn’t one to you, since nothing is really good or bad in itself—it’s all what a person thinks about it” You see. You cannot control the reality you are currently in. Not directly. The only real thing you control is how you decide to deal with it.
This Crisis is a golden opportunity. A chance to become great in the face of adversity. To invoke a calm and wise way of thinking and feeling. Focus only on the things that really matter and stop dwelling on the past or guess about the future. Every single moment only exists right NOW. In this infinite moment NOW we can learn to appreciate existence. No matter what is happening in the world. Too often we let our emotions guide our actions but once we use the power of logic we quickly realise that it is not our place to worry about such things but to simply experience life and feel love for it.
The Stoics say: Amor fati. Feel only love for your fate. Embrace the inevitable and thrife. There is nothing to blame or to be sad about for we create our own narrative. We give it a name and then look for someone or something else to blame. How quickly we forget that our reality becomes what we think and feel about.
Nothing in life can do more harm to you than your own acts of bad behaviour. Seneca says “wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness” We can use this Pandemic as a platform from which we launch rockets of greatness. We can become our best or our worst version during these exciting times. It is all up to you and how you deal with the hand you’re dealt.
When I look at the World I see so many positive changes. You don’t have to focus on the statistics. You don’t control them anyway. Look at the opportunities in every single moment to do the best thing you can do. This is how you deal with Corona. You use it as inspiration to be awesome.
We can use our isolation during quarantine as a way to appreciate and ponder the nature of life and to value simple things we have and not to dwell on all the stuff we might lose. Don’t value the things that are out of control. Celebrate the things within your reach.
Another Stoic way of life is thinking and imagining the worst things that could happen. It prepares us in challenging times and teaches us to not take anything for granted. The only constant thing in life is change. Once we accept this aspect of existence then we can also learn to let go of worry and pain.
Exercise not only your body but also your self-control. Don’t lose yourself while hoarding the entire inventory of toilet paper at your local supermarket. Control these erratic responses often induced by fear and a lack of an objective view on matters. Calm down.
Think about generations before us. They were faced with challenges similar to ours and often far worse. It is within our reach to overcome obstacles and to realise that these obstacles are actually the way forward to a better life. There will be a life after the pandemic. It is now up to you how you decide to prepare for it.
Be a wise, moral, courageous and self-controlled human. Be the change. Become the example that inspires a generation.