“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
– Marcus Aurelius
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Tagged as Marcus Aurelius, mind, perspective, Philosophy, power, quote, Stoicism, Strength
Nice quote! Reminds me of cognitive-behavioral therapy, ha ha. Hope you are doing well Devina – I’m thinking of you and sending you strength.
Thomas, it’s so good to hear from you! I don’t if you can recall an email I’d sent you some time ago and I’d mentioned the power of will (a response to your post “If I fall“). It is, for me, startling to stumble on a philosophy that particularly emphasizes on this very thing, years later.
Honestly? The past three years have been a trial and incidentally, some of this bears a close resemblance to those concerns expressed in that same post of yours. Fear of stagnation and my depression has gotten … more sneaky, so to speak.
However, they weren’t without their triumphs. I’ve managed to learn more about my mind by examining the way I think and how it affects my behavior, though that’s not a guarantee of positive change. I’ve discovered the Stoics and am finding solace and strength in their teachings.
I began journaling often and I can’t stress how important that’s been. I’m at a semi-pause right now, if that’s a thing. I’m taking an online course on Linguistics at Leiden Collage which is fantastic but planning to get into a college in NYC soon.
Some days are good, some meh and some downright horrifying. But I’m getting there. All my pieces are coming slowly together and I’m excited to see what I can become, despite the bullshit my brain tries to feed me.
And I need you to know how much your thoughts and gift of strength means to me, thank you. Your Grief Lessons post is fucking amazing, okay? I’m still trying to find the words to respond to it. Thanks for coming by, and I hope you’re having fun being awesome. If not, know there’s a wealth of hugs and ice cream waiting for you over here 😉
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