Now that we’re facing a crisis due to COVID-19 and we are all in quarantine (we’re grounded), I think we finally have the time to see if we’re living our lives right; do some introspection.
While the front liners risk their lives fighting this virus, we must stay at home and use this time to make ourselves better to make at least something good come out of this.
Some people have been practising this philosophy called Stoicism. We can use this philosophy to have a healthier perspective in life not only during times of crisis but also during our normal, day-to-day lives (which we’ll have again soon enough).
I recommend you read these books while being stuck at home:
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
This book contains the personal writings of Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, meant to guide him to stay good and improve himself every day. He had control of everything in the world in his time, yet he managed to live a dignified, non-indulgent life.
One of the many lessons in this book is the Dichotomy of Control which says things can only be either within your control or outside your control, and your attention should solely be focused on the former. Do the best you can about things you can control and change, and let go of the things you can’t control. This principle will help you manage your life better and keep you from being aimless.
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
This most widely known book on Stoicism has short readings for every single day of the year. It provides points for contemplation and a guide on how to practice Stoicism. The sayings in this book are from Zeno and Seneca. This book will help you absorb the philosophy and apply it to your life.