“How To Find Peace” Richard Uzelac’s Piece from Daily Stoic

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 1. Avoid thinking of too many problems


Letting worries take control of you and your thoughts will bring nothing but stress. Have you ever wondered when we think too much of troubled thoughts, we become restless? Causing us physical harm and even damage to whatever is surrounding us. And even damage our well-being at some point. What if I tell you to stop worrying about the future and control what you can control, which is the present, yourself? Staying in the present and dealing with what’s happening to you will give you a sense of control over your life and a positive outlook. 


2. Your Thought, Your Life

It’s important to consider other people’s opinions and take them into account, but there are some situations where you shouldn’t let other people’s opinions dictate your actions. As Epictetus said, our chief task in life is simply to  identify and separate matters so we can see which are external and which are not under our control, and which have to do with the choices over that we have actual control. And to look for good and evil, not from the uncontrollable externals but within ourselves, to our own choices.  

One such situation is when it comes to personal beliefs and values. If you have a strong conviction about something that you believe is right, you shouldn’t compromise your beliefs just to please others. For example, if you have strong religious or moral beliefs, you should not compromise them just to fit in with others who may hold different views. Similarly, if you have a passion or hobby that brings you joy and fulfillment, you should not let others discourage you from pursuing it, even if they do not understand or share your interest. The bottom line is that you should always be true to yourself and not let other people’s opinions control your life.

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3. Stillness

“Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well-ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.” – Seneca

As the world is rapidly changing and evolving at an unprecedented pace. People are constantly on the move, rushing to complete tasks and filling every spare moment we have with technologies, entertainment, or even with the wrong people. Finding comfort and being able to cherish that moment in your own company is a great sign of having a sense of inner peace and of self-sufficiency. Consider a time of meditation each day. 

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4. Richard Uzelac Finds Silver Lining

I once visited a place for the blind and was astounded by its beauty. I assumed I had to bring light to that special moment, but instead, it was the other way around. Similarly,  in nature, things that may seem unattractive or unappealing at first glance can actually be incredibly beautiful when viewed from a different perspective. For example, a caterpillar may not look attractive, but when it transforms into a butterfly, its beauty is revealed. 

In both people and nature, it’s often the case that the most beautiful things are not always the most obvious or immediately apparent. By learning to overlook the superficial and focusing on what lies beneath, we can discover beauty in unexpected places and gain a deeper appreciation for the world around us.

5. Think Broader


At times we become so deeply involved in our personal matters. Sometimes, we think that they’re the only thing that really matters. We sometimes forget how much there is going on all around us, like others who are dealing with their own mess too. Yes, that’s very true. It’s easy to become consumed by our own problems and concerns, and we often neglect the fact that others are also facing their challenges. This can lead us to feel isolated and alone when in reality, we are all navigating the complexities of life together. “ It’s important to remember that everyone is fighting their own battles and to show empathy and understanding towards others, as well as ourselves.” , Richard Uzelac added. 


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6. Live By A Code and Reflect Often


Just like a system that helps an organization or company to facilitate processes, information, or resources efficiently and effectively, stoicism gives us a framework for a better quality of life. The Stoic philosophy offers numerous lessons on how to attain inner peace, and the full extent of these teachings can only be uncovered through further study. 

Oftentimes, meditation means reflecting, but sometimes we succumb to impulses and bad habits even if we take time to meditate. Writing from a journal will be a good help for us to contemplate our daily lives, achieve higher awareness of ourselves, and attain peace.

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-Richard Uzelac



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