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Although it may not be the best selling point for the young and hopeful, stoicism is a philosophy designed to harden you up for the inevitabilities of failure, disappointment and death. "In the modern world, people seem completely lost when things go wrong," said Christopher Gill of Exeter University. "Stoicism encourages you to prepare for these events. This combination of recognizing the things you can do well in life and accepting the things you can't do is the great strength of stoicism."
If that sounds too ancient-Roman for everyday use, the exercises of Stoic Week are also designed to help with life's pettier irritations, such as fretting about a tight plane connection. Accepting that your role is to be a good passenger and not second-guess the pilot, Prof. Gill says,"really helps to lower the blood pressure." [theglobeandmail.com...]
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