Let It Sink In

“The biggest thing for me is, when I find myself irritated or feeling annoyed, to let that thought sink in: ‘This is fine. It’s actually fine’. It always is, of course. It’s fine because it’s (at least for the most part) nothing to do with me. Even if it takes a while to properly take root, it guides me to better behavior with the people in question. I can at least fake it for a while and act accordingly, because I know intellectually that it’s the case before I feel it. Without that yardstick, we’re so vulnerable to the well-meaning efforts of our sympathetic friends, which tend to inflate our annoyance.”

Derren Brown (you can read our full interview with Derren, arguably the most successful magician in the UK, and avid student of Stoic philosophy).