February 6th

Don’t Seek Out Strife

“I don’t agree with those who plunge headlong into the middle of the flood and who, accepting a turbulent life, struggle daily in great spirit with difficult circumstances. The wise person will endure that, but won’t choose it – choosing to be at peace, rather than at war.” – Seneca, Moral Letters, 28.7

It has become a cliché to quote Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech, which lionizes “the one whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…” compared with the critic who sits on the sidelines. (…)

Yes, the man in the arena is admirable. As is the soldier and the politician and the businesswoman and all the other occupations. But, and this is a big but, only if we’re in the arena for the right reasons. – The Daily Stoic

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. This would be a misuse of the invincibility that stoicism can provide. Any action you take should still be directed towards the greater good.

I see this play out mostly in competition calendar decisions. Sure, you can do all the races, but do you need to? Why are you doing all these races?


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