October 11

“For speech making at the bar, or any other pursuit which claims the people’s attention, makes for us enemies; but philosophy is peaceful and minds her own business.” – Seneca

No matter what we do in life, if we have to interact with the public, especially in a professional manner we are going to have people who don’t like us. We may very well have the other person’s best interests in mind one hundred percent of the time and still, some people are not going to like us. Some people may even just plain hate us. And there’s nothing we can do about that, it’s not part of the equation we can control.

Sure, we can do our best to control our emotions, our reactions, and to put others first all the time, but that doesn’t mean that we are going to get that across to everyone. We just can’t control everything.

But if we build ourselves a mental retreat from all of it. A place to go when we can start to feel ourselves becoming overwhelmed by the pressures of ‘performing’ for the crowds in our professional lives, we can have a place to reset ourselves mentally.

All this place requires is detachment, the ability to remove ourselves from our situation and look at ourselves and the situation we find ourselves in objectively. And that takes practice.

The good news is, we can practice everyday.

virtus fortis vocat



One thought on “October 11

  1. I somehow missed this post of yours! I want to ask if you are okay with me using some of your posts in this series as part of a philosophy group I will be leading through our local University of the Third Age? We are using the 50 Philosophy Classics by Tom Butler-Bowden. I thought I would like to include a time each week where we consider the Stoics by using your posts as a basis for discussion. Cheers, Lorraine


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