Stoicism explained in one minute

8 Jul 23

By Dominic Byrne

Single Parent Getting After It

A 2000-year-old philosophy that started in Greece and made its way to Rome.

We don’t control what happens to us but we do control how we respond to what happens to us.

Everything that happens to us in life is an opportunity to respond with what the philosophy calls – Virtue

Virtue is made up of four intertwined sources:

Courage, Justice, Temperance and Wisdom

  • Courage – Bravery, strength, mental and emotional resilience, It is about managing fear and acting in the right way despite our desire and anxieties.
  • Justice – Is simply about doing the right thing, it’s fairness and honesty
  • Temperance – Is self-discipline and moderation, It Is about being in control and balanced
  • Wisdom – is the space you create between stimulus and response and choosing the right way to respond for yourself and the world

You can only control your character, your actions and reactions, that is it. Every encounter with the world and its people is an opportunity to be your best self and respond with Courage, Justice, Temperance and Wisdom.


*there is obviously a lot more to learn but this is my 60 second version


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