On at least two occasions, Seneca lost everything he’d worked so hard for. First, his legal career was derailed by illness and it took him ten full years—prime years—to recuperate. Then, just as he was getting things back on track, he ran afoul of the emperor, and was banished from Rome for nearly as long as he was previously infirm. Musonius Rufus was exiled twice, just like Seneca, and then two more times. Zeno had to rebuild his life after a shipwreck; Rutilius Rufus after a political persecution.
These Stoics, like countless other people through history and through their resilience, joined Kipling’s club—the one where one learns to:
“watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools.”
It wasn’t their fault—for the most part. Just as this pandemic wasn’t your fault. Just as that bankruptcy was a bad break. Just as the divorce would have never been something you chose. But here you are. Facing it. That’s life. Stuff happens. As Kipling says, we make bets—sometimes big ones—and they don’t always work. Then what?
Well, we can whine about it. We can blame shift. We can become bitter or disillusioned. But why? What good is in that?
Better to “lose, and start again at your beginnings / And never breathe a word about your loss.”
Keep going. Dig your way out. Learn from this. Build.Back.Better. Give no time, no interest, and no quarter to complaining or whining or blaming. .
That’s how a Stoic handles adversity. That’s how a Stoic builds resiliency. That’s what you’re going to do....Daily Stoic
4th February » The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic. It will be reestablished in the French West Indies in 1802.
11th February » First session of United States Senate opens to the public.
26th February » The first Christiansborg Palace (1st) known as Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
4th March » The Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution known as 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed by the United States Congress e.g U.S. Congress.
14th March » Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
27th March » The Federal government of the United States United States Government establishes a permanent United States Navy navy and authorizes the building of Original six frigates of the United States Navy six frigates.
27th March » Denmark and Sweden form a neutral country or neutrality compact.
28th March » Allies under the prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Coburg defeat France French forces at Le Cateau-Cambrésis Le Cateau.
1st May » War of the Pyrenees: The Battle of Boulou ends, in which French First Republic or French forces defeat the Spanish and regain nearly all the land they lost to Spain in 1793.
7th May » French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre e.g Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.
8th May » Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by French Revolution named revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the 'Ferme Générale', is tried, convicted, and guillotined all on the same day in Paris.
1st June » The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars.
4th June » British troops capture Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
23rd June » Empress Catherine the Great named Catherine II of Russia grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
26th June » French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Fleurus (1794) named Battle of Fleurus marked the first successful military use of aircraft.
30th June » Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery.
13th July » The Battle of the Vosges is fought between France known as French forces and those of Prussia and Austria.
27th July » French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre is Thermidorian Reaction known as arrested after encouraging the execution of more than 17,000 "enemies of the Revolution".
28th July » French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine de Saint-Just are executed by guillotine in Paris called Paris, France.
7th August » President of the United States known as U.S. President George Washington invokes the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
8th August » Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.
20th August » Battle of Fallen Timbers: United States American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Lenape Delaware, Wyandot people Wyandot, Miami people Miami, Odawa people Ottawa, Ojibwe people Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.
17th September » The Battle of Sprimont is fought.
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