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    Bring On Your Wrecking Ball

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    What does a Stoic say to adversity? To recessions? To pandemics? To setbacks and struggles and months stuck inside? To uncertainty and cramped quarters and a collapse of confidence? What do they say to the looming question that has so many people scared—“What if things get worse?”

    They say what the Spartans say: They say if. They say what Bruce Springsteen said

    Bring on your wrecking ball

    Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you’ve got

    Bring on your wrecking ball

    Marcus Aurelius didn’t believe that it was unfortunate that bad things happened to him. He said, “No, this is fortunate that it happened to me.” Because not everyone would have been able to handle it. 

    But you can. Because you trained for this. Because you know how to find the opportunity inside of difficulty, because you have harnessed the power of amor fati. Other people might be thrown back by what has happened, others still might be able to muddle through, but not you. You’re going to be improved by this. You’re going to triumph over this. 

    That’s why you say: Bring it on. That’s why you say hit me with your best shot. Because you have plans to use it. Because you’re going to step up and make something of this moment. Because you know that’s the only part of this that’s up to you.

    P.S. This was originally sent on May 19, 2020. Sign up today for the Daily Stoic’s email and get our popular free 7-day course on Stoicism.