Spreading Stoic Philosophy in the Streets

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“Be your own spectator; seek your own applause.” – Seneca

Yesterday, I attended a local event, Be Kind Wilkes-Barre, organized by Tim Maloney (a recent guest on my Stoic Philosophy Podcast who spoke about Islam and community service) with intentions to participate in random acts of kindness through sharing encouraging Stoic messages.

After arriving on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, I used sidewalk chalk to write messages from Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius following conversation with a newspaper reporter who later wrote about the event in an article titled ‘Group’s simple request: ‘Be Kind Wilkes-Barre.’

She wrote,

Vacula, who is a student of mental health counseling at Marywood, was just hoping to give back through kindness.

“Sometimes people don’t recognize the positive things that are going on in their lives and focus on the negatives, and discount all of the positive experiences … so this, actually going out and being part of the community, maybe that could be a big help … small measures of kindness,” he said.

I find it important to have an attitude which includes gratitude for the meaningful and positive happenings in our life. It may be easy to take certain things for granted, be downtrodden when expectations aren’t met, and even lose composure when some negative events transpire. Reflecting on Stoicism has improved my day-to-day contentment, my quality of life, and helps me better cope with adversity.

We can work to accept some of the parts of our lives we may not like and adjust the best we can. Listen to past podcast episodes I released on the topics of gratitude and acceptance for more information. My newest episode on the topic of contentment should also be of help.

Here are some more Stoic quotes, photos from the event:

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Seneca
“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.” – Epictetus
“Dwell on the beauty of life.” – Marcus Aurelius
“What a precious privilege it is to be alive.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Where fear is, happiness is not.” – Seneca

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