#898 Antifragile Fuel

Aurelius on How to Make Flame and Brightness

Have you ever had an experience that annoyed you? (Hah.)

Or, perhaps, a particular person who seems particularly skilled at annoying you? (Hah x2.)

Me, too. (Hah x3!)

So…

I’m currently experiencing one of those moments with a particular individual who shall remain anonymous. 😘

We’ll skip the details and focus on how we can use those (inevitable) experiences (and individuals) as additional fuel for our antifragile fires.

Remember that recent discussion we had about the Stoic medallions? One of those coins featured a beautiful fire on the front along with the powerful words “Amor Fati.”

Amor fati.

Nietzsche coined that. It means to love your fate.

We’ll talk about Joseph Campbell’s thoughts on that wisdom soon.

Today, we’re going to talk about one of my new mantra-prayers.

To explain why he put a fire on the front of their Amor Fati coin, Ryan Holiday tells us to consider this wisdom from Marcus Aurelius: “A blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.

Think about that for a moment and, if you feel so inspired, repeat after me: “A blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.

Now…

Let’s bring to mind a current challenge you might be facing.

Got it?

Awesome.

Now throw it into your fire.

That’s Today’s +1.

Let’s make flame and brightness out of everything.

Today.

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