It’s been three weeks since my last post. A year ago I would have worried about such a long gap between posts. Now with my decision not to publish a post just to meet a self-imposed schedule, I don’t let it worry me.
The Alexa rating for this blog has slipped above 1 million, the worst it has been since it briefly dipped under the 300 000 mark 18 months ago.
I am not worrying about the gap in posts or the Alexa rating. They are neither good nor bad, they just are.
I have not lost any subscribers, I gained another today.Visitors to this site have remained constant and in fact increased over the last week.
The more I have read about the stoic philosophy over the last few months, the more I have come to see the value in accepting things, events, situations, conditions as they are, not as I would like them to be.
It was a very harsh winter here in South West Ontario, February was difficult with many consecutive days below -20 C, frozen water pipes, a frozen water pump, we burned a huge amount of wood to keep ourselves warm in our old house. But it was equally cold for every one else in this part of the world, it was not a condition sent to make my life miserable, an obstacle specially designed to upset me.
We knew that eventually Spring would arrive, it would get warmer.
Now with the thaw, there is mud everywhere.The dog and cats have to leap over knee-deep ruts where I have driven the tractor to collect wood from the woodpile. The dog leaves trails of muddy paw prints all over the house.
It’s a small temporary inconvenience, soon the ground will dry out, we will fill the ruts and the grass will grow again.
A favourite maxim of the personal growth movement is:
“What we focus on expands”
I have been reminded of that when reading recent posts on some of the blogs I follow. Is Stoicism or the Stoic Philosophy the new “flavour of the month” for bloggers? Eric Barker is a writer who has written good articles on the subject recently. It seems that more and more bloggers are writing about the topic since Ryan Holiday published his book “The Obstacle is The Way”.
There is a huge and very important difference between being stoic, enduring circumstances that we cannot change and irresponsibly using obstacles as excuses for not trying to improve situations.
How well do you cope with frustrating, challenging or difficult situations?