Daily Journey – November 23rd: Attachments are the Enemy

Being attached to things is basic human nature. When the things we are attached to change in a way we don’t anticipate or want we can be flooded with negative emotions. Inevitably, these negative emotions distract us from our goals, inhibit our ability to take care of our duties and responsibilities, and slow us down in our personal growth.
 
On the other hand, attachments can also be the fuel that inspires us to succeed or to fight on in the face of adversity.
The challenge is knowing the difference between a healthy attachment and an unhealthy obsession.
 
Recognizing this is an important part of learning the art of acceptance. We all have moments when we rile against something that changes, or threatens to change, or even just affects some change in the world around us. We feel this angst because we are attached to the notion of how things are, how they were, or how we think they should be. If we use this energy indiscriminately against every little thing we will simply burn ourselves out.
 
The solution is our ability to reason, and choose to temper our response so that we save our best efforts for the attachments that truly matter the most.

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Daily Journey is a collection of my thoughts from reading The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.  My objective is to gain greater control of my emotional responses by reading and sharing my thoughts on stoicism with you all everyday over the course of a next year.  If you would like to explore these topics with me, and others who are seeking to gain emotional control I these articles to the Mastery of Skill closed facebook group and would love for you to join in on the conversation.

Live Skillfully!

-Jon

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