Nothing can really hurt us, but it is our thinking that makes it so.
So, if we can turn any challenge upside down and approach it from another perspective or advantage point, then we are in a better position to find that silver lining in that nasty old rain cloud. The quotes below are from Marcus Aurelius who was a stoic sage as well as a Roman Emperor.
As you can imagine, he had his own share of challenges. His journal that he wrote in during his down time would later circulate the world and come to be known as the “Meditations”.
As highly sensitive people, or introverts, or fellow INFJ designates, taking these principles and applying them to our everyday life will help us to see what we feel is our personal responsibility.
Remember – Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will never hurt us.
We can let those slings and arrows of outrageous fortune bring us down and make us question our very existence, or we can pay them no mind and keep on trucking. It’s our choice.
The Stoic sages of old knew how to get on in the world at large. It was real simple – There things that we can control, and there are those things that we cannot. It is how we react to any given circumstance that either bedevils us or not, it is up to us to put things in their proper perspective.
Remember – don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.
“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.”
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
“So other people hurt me? That’s their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. What is done to me is ordained by nature and what I do by my own.”
“Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions—not outside.”
“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own–not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me.”
“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.”
Jeff S Turnbull