Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Positive Things to Embrace, for Perspective for Choice

I noticed that in my post yesterday:

Before attempt Rational Living - First Cast Aside Anxiety, Irritation, Negative Judgement

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was completely stated negatively!  I only mentioned what I wanted to avoid, which is exactly the worst way to go about changing your focus.

So, stated *positively* I have:

Before attempt Rational Living - First Embrace --
  • Philosophical Security
  • Epicurean Delight
  • Graciousness - Tolerance - Accommodation
  • Being Informed by Honest Work.
Embrace these before, as a prerequisite for attempting Rational Effective Living -- attempting --
  • analysis
  • decision
  • commitment
  • action
  • rinse & repeat.
In detail:

Embrace Philosophical Security - this is the peace and security of the Stoic philosophers, such as found in Epictetus
Show me someone who is sick, and yet happy; in danger, and yet happy; dying, and yet happy; exiled, and yet happy; disgraced, and yet happy.  Show him to me, for, by the gods, I long to see a Stoic.
Embrace Epicurean Delight -
As with the other Hellenistic schools of philosophy, the Epicureans believed that the goal of human life is happiness. This was to be found in the tranquillity of spirit which resulted from aponia, suppression of physical pain, and ataraxia, elimination of mental disturbances.
In my mind it is taking enthralling happiness from the commonest of physical experiences, like a breath of morning air, or a sip of cold pure water.

Gracious/UngraciousImage by TheGiantVermin via Flickr
Embrace Graciousness - Tolerance - Accommodation - for other people and outside things, offer them all graciousness, tolerance, accommodation.

Embrace Being Informed by Honest Work - how wonderful to enter a situation being informed by honest work.  You can speak with understanding, assurance, and earned confidence.

I have a lot of practicing to do, to learn this skill!
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