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  • Writer's pictureHelen Chorley

The right handle..

Someone let me down on my birthday 😔

Yes I was upset, annoyed, even hurt. But as it happens, not long after, I read this post (thanks Universe for the nudge 💫) from @dailystoic on Instagram which made me think - how am I choosing to handle this?

It’s ’12 Rules for (a Stoic) Life’ 😅 and it was #4 which caught my eye:

‘Every event has two handles; one by which it can be carried, and one by which it can't. If your brother does you wrong, don't grab it by his wronging...Instead, use the other - that he is your brother. Hold of the handle that carries.’ ~ Epictetus

(I was about to tag Epictetus and remembered he probably wouldn’t be on LinkedIn 😂 #goldfishbrain #toomuchsocialmedia

Basically, I can choose which way to see this. Simple! Not easy...😂 but simple enough.

So in the end I chose the handle of friendship 🎊

Would this work for you? How do you approach hurtful events?

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