There are two ways to live your life. Voluntarily or involuntarily. Your life will be infinitely better if you choose to live it voluntarily.
“The willing are led by fate, the reluctant are dragged.”
― Cleanthes of Assos
There’s a game to develop “team-work” skills in kids. The game is pretty simple, you grab a piece of rope and tie the right side of one’s kid foot with the left foot of the other kid. The couple that makes it to the race line wins. As you can imagine, the game is fun to play and even funnier to watch.
What happens is that eventually, the kids figure out that there is no other way to win but to work together.
It’s the same with life. You’ll not get far if you don’t get along with your partner. You are tied to life and you are tied to fate.
It can be fun, or it can be hell as well. It depends on your decision to play or not.
The decision is not easy, of course. Life doesn’t feel like a game does it? There are death and suffering regardless of whatever we choose to do, so it’s naturally hard to accept life as it is and play and work with what we have.
But, the powerful secret of choosing to do it voluntarily is that your whole perspective of the world will change. You’ll no longer see sadness and despair, but opportunity and space for improvement. Our minds will focus on whatever we tell them to.
Take a look at your room or your environment, try and catch all the greens you can.
Got them yet?
Ok, great, now, can you remember the black things?
Of course not, that’s how your mind works. It will focus on whatever you tell it to focus on.
In choosing to live life voluntarily, to dance the dance and play. You will begin to see fun, challenge, adventure, music, answers and opportunities.
In the end, you really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
So what do you say? Shall we play?
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