OVERTURN YOUR OBSTACLES
The philosophical school of Stoicism is the perfect operating system for thriving in highstress environments. Stoic writings are not arcane arguments for bespectacled professors – they’re cognitive exercises proven to centre, humble and keep you free and appreciative. Stoic principles are often practised in rehab clinics with alcoholics so that coping mechanisms don’t drive them to drink. We’re all addicts in some respect and we can all experience that same freedom. The Stoics had an exercise called Turning the Obstacle Upside Down. Suppose you’re trying to help someone and they respond by being surly. Instead of making your life more difficult, the exercise says, they’re actually directing you toward new virtues, such as patience and understanding. Take an evening to read
On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca – you will refer to it the rest of your life.