Daily Stoic Entry #72: Instead of Calling It Bad Luck, Can I Come to See It As Inevitable?
March 13th, 2022
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No one likes to think bad luck is inevitable. The key, however, is to be prepared for a reversal of fortune. I personally received the smack of that reversal to the face a couple of months ago. Relationship gone, forced to find a new job, and all the emotional damage that comes with it. So, what's the point? It's not about anxiously anticipating your good fortune to end. But to be secure in the knowledge that you've prepared as well as you could've and that you will survive as you have always been able to.
Similarly, what if all the bad fortune that's inevitable is a gift? It's sent to test us and make us stronger as well as appreciate the good fortune more for it. This doesn't mean the experience won't suck for a while though when those moments or times are here, and you must fight through it.
Title prompts are taken from The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.