Stoic practice on autopilot.

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So I found myself taking a Stoic approach today.  Every six months, my job hinges on a skills test.  I was getting a little stressed because I had some rust to shake off and the test was a new one.  But I had this thought, “I’m having anxious thoughts.  I’m entertaining feelings of stress. If I fail then I fail.  Nothing else.” 

And sort unbiddenly, I took a mental step back.  The thoughts and impressions were still there but on the outside and something I was “looking” at, and not something happening to me per se.

Anyway, it certainly felt like progress!

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