Fighting is not doing

Acceptance? Resignation? That’s not me, we say, when we hear the Stoics preach those concepts. I never give up. I’m a fighter.

Ok. If you say so.

But there’s a difference between being a fighter and a doer. Remember, one of the outcomes of “fighting” is losing. And that’s what happens most of the time; indeed, every time when you fight something that is outside your control.

This is why the Stoic instead practices the “art of acquiesce.” Why they learn amor fati–a desire for things to be exactly as they are–so they can use them. As Marcus Aurelius wrote,

“Our inward power, when it obeys nature, reacts to events by accommodating itself to what it faces–to what is possible. It needs no specific material. It pursues its own aims as circumstances allow; it turns obstacles into fuel. As a fire overwhelms what would have quenched a lamp. What’s thrown on top of the conflagration is absorbed, consumed by it–and makes it burn still higher.”

Today, ask yourself which type you’re going to be. Are you going to be a fighter or a doer? Are you going to “resist” or are you going to accept obstacles and turn them into fuel for action?

Amor fati. Be made brighter and hotter by everything that happens.

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