Wow….what a past couple months…
As you’d expect, it’s getting cold here in Wisconsin…that seems to start around August. Aren’t we lucky.
I went on a field trip to the pumpkin patch my daughters pre-school class, that was a blast. God bless those teachers. I had a migraine after fifteen minutes on the school bus. As you can see, we found a great pumpkin which fortunately for us, was the dirtiest one.
So we got our pumpkin for carving (a bigger one than what’s in the photo), I gouged what was supposed to be a scary face on it, and got our trick or treat gear all ready to roll. Then the day after Halloween, both me and my daughter woke up sick. At first, I thought it was because after we got home from trick or treating we ate candy until our faces went numb. But it got steadily worse so we went to the doc and guess what?
Swine flu. I’m not kidding. Not fun.
As my daughter and I were laying around all day on the couch recovering and watching Cartoon Network (my choice as much as hers), I started reading a new book someone recommended to me recently. It’s called A Guide to The Good Life by William Irvine, and its about Stoicism, the philosophy of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. It’s a really good book and an easy read considering the subject, if you’re into that sort of thing. Something else good to check out on Stoicism is this post on Tim Ferris’s blog.
As I was reading it…it got me thinking…
What the heck happened to philosophy?
Not psychology mind you. Philosophy.
In ancient times, when Socrates and Aristotle and Seneca were all walking around in togas and looking much cooler than I would have, everyone that had the means went to schools of philosophy, where they learned HOW TO THINK.
Funny enough, in those times, thinking was considered kinda important…
It seems like nowadays we don’t value actual thinking a whole heck of a lot anymore and instead place a great deal of importance on memorization and spewing out of facts. Kids in school know lot of “stuff”, but it seems, at least to me, that they understand less and less.
When did we start to devalue thinking?
We’ve forgotten how to sit quietly and alone and evaluate the noise in our heads. In Seneca’s time, that was many people full time job and what people talked about before they had more important things like American Idol to pay attention to.
“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.”
Let’s forget a second about the implications on a societal level…when’s the last time YOU really put some energy into evaluating how you’re viewing life and the thoughts that run through your head all day?
I’ve got some news for you. If you’re struggling with anxiety, maybe a little more attention on your thoughts is on order, because anxiety doesn’t make sense. Logically we all know that, right? Nothing will come out of the sky and hurt us if we’re too far from home/on the highway/in a plane/in line at the store, but you worry about it obsessively anyway and it wrecks your life.
Maybe you need a whole new philosophy.
To practice thinking again – and evaluating those thoughts. Getting some control over the noise in your own head.
I mean, that’s really what my programs do, right? They help you get control over the noise in your head that causes you to get anxious or panic when it’s not appropriate.
But I bet that’s not the only area of life you could use some philosophy.
Hey, I know I’m not asking you to begin a small task, like starting to floss (although that was equally challenging for me).
I saying maybe you should consider undertaking a lifelong quest to understand yourself. To make THAT your hobby.
I swear, you’ll find you’re every bit as entertaining as American Idol.
Where do you start? Well, you can start by simply paying attention to your own thoughts and seeing how they effect you. That’s a very simple sentence that may take a lifetime to master.
Maybe you can start learning about some different philosophies and see what suits you.
Now listen up…
I don’t mean a religion, which is different than a philosophy. You can be any religion you want and still have a philosophy or ‘rules for thinking”… no matter who you or what you pray to, and even if you don’t pray at all.
I think the truly wise have their own philosophies, that’s what I’m shooting for. I steal a little from Stoicism, maybe a little from Buddhism, toss in some I came up with on my own, and before you know it, I have my own rules to work from.
Maybe the right place to start is by just defining what’s most important to you. Not everything that’s important to you, but what’s MOST important. What do you want to be remembered for? What will you regret? What do you not want to lose?
What do you want to decide to be about?
It’s YOUR choice you know.
No do overs.
So what are you three most important things? What are you committed to making your life about? Now’s your chance to figure it out.
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