Looking Back on 2020: Four lessons the year taught us

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Resilience

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Interconnectedness

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The physical world is a residue of the collective Karma. Your physical karma has a telling impact on you and your immediate surroundings. Plus, it has an impact on the whole world. No matter how minuscule an action, eventually it will impact everyone in the world.”

Acceptance

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“Be satisfied with what you have, and accept the present — all of it. And convince yourself that everything is the gift of the gods, that things are good and always will be, whatever they decide and have in store for the preservation of that perfect entity — good and just and beautiful, creating all things, connecting and embracing them, and gathering in their separated fragments to create more like them.”

Most people prefer 365 days of sunshine, but when it rains, we reluctantly accept it. “Oh no, it’s raining again!” We have no other choice than to accept what we don’t control: Injuries, loss, the economy, other people’s actions, and so forth. But it’s all about our attitude towards acceptance. Most of us accept things because we realize there are no other options. But the Stoics accepted things as if they wanted it in the first place. It’s a subtle difference, but it has an enormous impact on how you live. Marcus called this the ability to “practice acceptance without disdain.”

Reflection

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