The essence of being a Stoic is to be happy in life no matter what happens. And this is achieved by only put your energies to things you can control. It sounds very easy. And it's even easier to tell people they need to do that. But every once in a while you get to have it truly tested. You have the people around you doing the stupidest shit. You have people around you seeming completely off their rocker and it will blow your mind and frustrate you to no end that they actually believe that the stuff they are doing is right or the way it should be. The people you think are in your corner might seem to be on the other side of the world. It's in these very trying, frustrating and even sad and maddening times that you need to control where your energy is spent. This doesn't mean you need to repress your feelings or bury things under the carpet emotionally. It means you need to let it go. It means you have to really focus on what you CAN control, and even though it's hard, you have to let the actions of others go. You will NEVER be able to control what others do. Not even your loved ones. They will react and respond in their own way. Sure you may need to deal with some initial prepping to protect yourself or your heart, but it needs to be a quick prep. A deep breath. A repeated mantra to cool your head and your heart. A moment to be grateful for the things you have and CAN control, and laser focus on that. If it's a workout, you can only control the next rep. If it's an emotional struggle, then you can only control how you are responding to whatever is thrown at you. If it's an emergency situation, then you can only control the actions you take. Put ALL your energies into these things. On the outside, it will feel like you are shutting off your emotions but that's not the case. You are redirecting them to where they will be most useful. There can only be improvements when there is forward movement and forward movement only comes when you are able to move. Don't get caught up in things that will just swirl you around in a circle or that will stop your movement. Take a deep breath. Move forward. :)
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