The daily stoic journal - 366 days of writing and reflection on the art of living


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A powerful book to be used in conjunction with the Daily Stoic book.
It suggests questions to reflect upon each morning and night.


INTRODUCTION

In our book The Daily Stoic, we tried to bring a collection of this wisdom to busy readers in a digestible and accessible way. Instead of translating and republishing the Stoics in their original form, we created the first ever single volume collection of all the great Stoics, arranged to highlight a thought from one each day.

This book presents fifty-two Stoic disciplines or practices, one for each week of the year.
Each day presents a question to help you focus your morning preparations or evening review (or both). The questions will work for you whether you are reading along with The Daily Stoic, using our daily e-mail readings, or any other source.

Think of this journal as a brush for your own soul, just like brushing your teeth each morning and each evening.

The final lesson at the end of this book is the most essential one of all of Stoic philosophy: learning how to turn words into works. We hope you will make it that far, and if you do, we encourage you to start the same journey once again the following year, for you will be, as Heraclitus said, no longer the same person nor will this be the same book.

WEEK I - WHAT’S UP TO US, WHAT’S NOT UP TO US

Epictetus’s handbook (the Enchiridion) begins with the most power- L—ful exercise in all of Stoicism: the distinction between the things that are “up to us” (in our control) and the things that are “not up to us.”

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate mat­ ters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actu­ ally control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . ..”

—- Epictetus, Discourses, 2.5.4-5


“Some things are in our control, while others are not. We control our opinion, choice, desire, aversion, and, in a word, everything of our own doing. We don’t control our body, property, reputa­ tion, position, and, in a word, everything not of our own doing. Even more, the things in our control are by nature free, unhin­ dered, and unobstructed, while those not in our control are weak, slavish, can be hindered, and are not our own.”

—- Epictetus, Enchiridion 1.1-2


“We control our reasoned choice and all acts that depend on that moral will. What’s not under our control are the body and any of its parts, our possessions, parents, siblings, children, or country— anything with which we might associate.”

—- Epictetus, Discourses, 1.22.10



WEEK II - THE SPHERE OF CHOICE