The stuck stoic
Muse #236 - the irony of this predicament
I have always considered myself to be stoic in most situations. But, recently I have been thinking deeply about my practice of it. I mean practice at all times. I now classify myself as a macro stoic. What does this mean? I am least impacted by the big things and I am able to handle these with ease. These are what I call macro stoicism. The overarching philosophy of things.
However, the little things are the ones that bother me. The micro situations. And I am not a good micro stoic. That is being stoic in the moment. Every moment. Accepting things as they are. Acting on first principles with action and without any baggage of the past. I understand that these are easier said than done. And some would call this mindfulness. I call it philosophy in action.
And being a person with a lifelong struggle on bounding one’s free-spirited thoughts and focus, the in-the-moment micro stoic action is a struggle for me. And it is for me to figure out how to translate my macro beliefs and get to act the same way at a micro-level. And therein might be the answer to not being a stuck stoic.