When people hear someone being described as Stoic, a picture emerges of an emotionless, humorless sort of person. Like Religion and other human ideologies, a spectrum of devotees exists that apply increasing levels of adoption of the ideology. Many people will fain no knowledge of the Greek Stoics teachers and their teachings but most will recognize some of the 10 Phrases that made up their teachings. The following are the most recognized:
Focus on What You Can Control, Accept What You Can’t --Stoicism -Principle 1: You can’t change things outside of your control, but you can change your attitude.
Be Mindful – Stoic Mindfulness Is Where it All Begins
Turn Obstacles into Opportunities – Perception Is Key
Take Action – The True Philosopher Is a Warrior of the Mind
Practice Misfortune – Ask “What Could Go Wrong?”
Live in Agreement with Nature – The Stoic Goal of Life
The Greek Teachers lived starting in 301 BC, Where noted there are some religious texts containing the same message. Do you recognize the Stoic Phrases being used by the Modern day Life Coaches and Motivators? Years ago I heard a great term to describe the rewriting of knowledge to suit the new age reader: Old wine in a new bottle.
The Daily Stoic book by Ryan Holiday
There are many sources available on the web for information and videos on Stoicism
Stoicism -Principle 1: You can’t change things outside of your control, but you can change your attitude.
“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, in book titled Meditations