The Daily Stoic: January 12, 2021

Filed in PhilosophyTags: Clarity, Daily Stoic, Epictetus, Perception

Reflections on The Daily Stoic:

  • The Discipline of Perception
  • January's Theme: Clarity
  • Topic: The One Path to Serenity
  • Stoic: Epictetus

Today's quote:

Keep this thought at the ready at daybreak, and through the day and night - there is only one path to happiness, and that is in giving up all outside of your sphere of choice, regarding nothing else as your possession, surrendering all else to God and Fortune.

- Discourses, 4.4.39

What is outside of our control is outside of our control - but it is not outside of God's control. Any time we find ourselves susceptible to anxiety or fear, we should meditate on this point: God is in control. "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4) Keep this thought at the ready, and make it a conscious effort when needed. "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)

Therefore, do not be consumed by anxiety over things outside of your control. Trust in God to see you through, and to give you peace about your circumstances. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)