Today’s Daily Stoic writing prompt: What bad assumptions can I cast out?
This one is all about how it’s our reactions to external events are actually in control, rather than the events themselves. I think the biggest assumption right now to dispense with is making my happiness dependent on things like the vaccine rollout. I am way down on the list for the vaccine, and Canada is going more slowly than the US. I am starting to have a lot of friends getting vaccines, particularly in the US. It’s really hard not to feel jealous–but on the other hand, every single person who gets one is progress. The assumption to cast out is that this is controlling my mood–when it’s me that controls my reactions. But at the same time I have to acknowledge that I am human. If it’s getting to me, I need to back away and find something else to focus on that I can actually do something about right now.
Extremely busy day today. Moderated a panel discussion at work. Gave a Toastmasters speech. Went to a Toastmasters exec meeting. So not a lot of time for further pondering. We did hear today that Pres. Biden is going to be sending 1.5 million doses of Astra-Zeneca vaccine to Canada — it hasn’t been approved yet there, and it’s just sitting in warehouses. Yay for nice neighbours again. I also received two book orders, and was notified that two other items I’ve ordered are on the way. And I’ve made some decent progress on my cat snail.