Earlier this year my interest in Stoicism was seriously rekindled.
But to be quite honest, I can’t ever see myself becoming a true Stoic.
Is it just me or do some of “them” take themselves a tad too seriously?
I’m going to confess to being a bit of a “supermarket philosopher.”
I walk down the proverbial isles and pick whatever I like from whatever the ideology or philosophy is.
The Stoic approach to dealing with life’s adversities truly resonates with me.
Contrary to popular belief it isn’t all about keeping a stiff-upper-lip.
My take on Stoicism leads me to a place where I can deal with a situation logically.
I deconstruct many of the elements of a certain event.
I can control my anger, and I can choose to recognize an opportunity for growth or learning within adversity.
I can therefore choose to believe it was neither a “bad,” nor a “good” event.
It was only an event.
Whatever happened, happened.
My reaction to the event is within my control.
Is this easy?
Hell no! Of course not!
But that isn’t the point here.
I’m just saying!
After quite a bit of research I formulated my own brand of Stoicism: Stoic Lemonade.
I guess this might be where some of the hardcore students of Stoicism would cringe at my naivety or flippant approach to their oft-revered philosophy or “way of life”.
But you know what, the ancients encouraged thinking, and I really believe they might have told a lot of modern Stoics to make up their own damn minds and not to be too enslaved by old documents.
Make no mistake, I really admire those who can steadfastly adhere to “pure” Stoicism.
Ok, more often than not I don’t care to.
So in a nutshell, Stoic Lemonade is fairly simple:
You “take” whatever life gives you.
You think about what you “got.”
Analyse it, place it in perspective.
If you feel life gives you lemons, then you either suck it sour, or kill it with sugar.
If you get fish on that particular day, make sushi, grill it, or fry it.
Prepare it according to your taste, and ability.
If all goes according to plan I will attempt to explain Stoic Lemonade regarding other aspects of life.
That’s how it works, in a nutshell.
A tiny nutshell.
I might add that I also pick elements of cynicism, determinism, reductionism and lots of other -isms from the aisle in my Philosophy Supermarket.
When I mention that tiny nutshell I already visualize people asking, “aren’t you over-simplifying life?”
“Am I over-simplifying my life?” I guess I can only reply by saying, “I should be so lucky!”