On accepting what it is

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1. It is what it is

“Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will—then your life will flow well.”

—EPICTETUS, ENCHIRIDION, 8

Something happened that we wish had not. Which of these is easiest to change: our opinion or the event that is past?

The answer is obvious. Accept what happened and change your wish that it had not happened. Stoicism calls this the “art of acquiescence”—to accept rather than fight every little thing.

And the most practiced Stoics take it a step further. Instead of simply accepting what happens, they urge us to actually enjoy what has happened.

Daily stoic

Tell your self if it didn’t happen, will I be where I am now. Or if did happen, something worse could have happened.

2. Give it your best and let it be

Before the battle strategize, plan and prepare. After that let it be, since now it is out of your hands and what will happen was meant to happen. And whatever that ends up being will be the best outcome for reasons beyond your understanding

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