Pandemic Hues & Stoic Quotes

I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of Stoic quotes lately, simply a matter of examining oneself and finding things that resonate. It has been great in offering me insight as it pertains to life itself.

“A setback has often cleared the way for greater prosperity. many things have fallen only to rise to more exalted heights”- Seneca

This pandemic has found a lot of individuals in this same state. The slowdown and the rigidity of measures made it possible for introspection to take place. That in itself has been both good and bad, dependent on the person. This state that we are in, though horrible in nature; has its good and bad elements.

Initially, there was the sense of trying not to highlight in any way the good that it has fostered (so many terrible circumstances are shown daily), but I have come to the realization that nothing is wrong with that. An acceptance that the good can and should be highlighted, for if we only choose to dwell on the bad, how deeper will we dive into the abyss.

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage”- Seneca

Pandemic hues. The understanding that there are so many different emotions and feelings that have been experienced in this pandemic.

It was hard and it is still hard. Tragedy has been experienced all over the world. Directly or indirectly-wherever one may be on this Earth, they either experienced or is aware of someone that had been affected by this virus. Darkness, so much darkness that plagues the land.

Hopelessness, anxiety, depression-words that are constantly used to try to grasp what many persons are experiencing at this moment. Similarly, anger, rage, fear- equally used within this time. Millions of articles, studies and research have been written that attest and fully support the few sentences written above.

However, this pandemic has caused persons to be more attentive to their actions and words. In whatever way that one can help is also being clearly shown, from the simple to the extravagant.

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”- Seneca

Inner work has been a key factor for many in this time. Being forced to sit still has made a lot of persons take into account their feelings and emotions, the degree to how they take care of their body as well as those around them. Connections have been made and solidified. Genuine thought has been granted as it pertains to our loved ones.

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best”- Epictetus

The nature of how we live and work is another facet that has seen substantial changes. Working from home, online schooling, virtual concerts, exercising often, friluftsliving (open-air living)…..elements that work for some and might not work for others. It is just the clear sense of how this world can be made better for all. There should never have been such a rigid state of doing things.

Happiness, love, peace, understanding- words that are used to grasp how living in this uncertain time has been for others. Taking the reigns has been something that many individuals have decided to take on. It is a mess already, better to live as one desires.

There is no one set of emotions either. The whole spectrum can be felt by one, and that is perfectly okay, perfectly alright. And even though, we are all still trying to make it out in one piece, at least we are trying, and some are trying together.

“The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast…and one day you will build something that endures; something worthy of your potential”- Epictetus

And so, as we are all navigating these pandemic hues, let us embrace and open ourselves to all the feelings and emotions that are there. Solidly understanding that it is okay to cry and it is okay to smile.

Keep safe everyone!

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Shan Cousins

Shan Cousins

Lessons are learnt constantly in this life. It all depends on how you apply it! Work-life balance, self-reflections and a dose of social issues.