25. Mar, 2020

Become Part Of The Solution

Our single most important perception in life is to possess the courage to change the things we can change, the grace to accept the things we cannot change, and learning and applying the wisdom to know the difference.

Almost 2,000 years ago, Epictetus put it this way, “Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own …”. (Discourses, 2.5.4–5)

There is no better time than the present to practise this philosophy.

Pandemic self-isolation is upon us. Right now, Right this moment. And, if it isn’t yet where you live, there is a high probability it will be. No amount of shouting at news bulletins will make it less than it is. Blaming the origin of the virus, making racist remarks, inventing conspiracies, and hoarding toilet paper will not make one jot of difference to what it is. Neither will sticking our head in the sand and pretending it’s not real.

It is what it is!

None of us control external events. But we can control how we respond to what is happening around us. This means staying informed and not jumping to the conclusions of high street hacks. Researching reliable advice both current and historic from reputable sources is essential to remaining accurately informed, and in the case of pandemic, remembering that people have fallen victim to various types of ‘influenza’ for countless generations.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), since the turn of the millennium, more than half-a-million of the most vulnerable people around the world succumb each year, even when times are ‘normal’.

Sanity is learning from every situation we find ourselves in, especially the uncomfortable ones. Too many people are cavalier about life. They waste the time others have paid dearly for. Let us find the grace to accept that which we cannot change and the courage to learn from experience ~ painful though it may have been.

Let us remain calm in the face of adversity. Let us put aside petty differences and irrational thinking to develop a plan that keeps us all moving in the right direction. Let us spread the only positive form of contagion worth spreading ~ peace and calm. As Marcus Aurelius wrote, “No role (situation) is so well suited to philosophy as the one you happen to be in right now.”

So, seek to play your part well. Put your positivity into practise as you inspire others to do the same. Choose to be part of the solution and never part of the problem. What you need to learn for yourself is: the courage to change what you can change, the grace to accept the things you cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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