If the path is already laid out, it’s not your path. (It’s someone else’s.)The moments that test us are also the moments of our greatest growth.
Welcome to the concept of Ataraxia.
Ataraxia (ἀταραξία, literally, "unperturbedness," generally translated as "imperturbability," "equanimity," or "tranquillity.")
A Greek philosophical term for a lucid state of robust equanimity that was characterized by ongoing freedom from distress and worry.
Achieving the state of ataraxia was a common goal for many ancient Greek philosophies.
As a result, the term plays an important role in many different ancient Greek philosophical schools.
The use of the term ataraxia to describe a state free from mental distress is similar throughout these different schools, but the role of the state of ataraxia within a philosophical school varied depending on the school's own philosophical theory.
The mental disturbances that prevented one from achieving ataraxia often varied between schools, and each school often had a different understanding as to how to achieve ataraxia.
Some schools valued ataraxia more highly than others.
Three schools that often employed the term ataraxia within their philosophies were Epicureanism, Pyrrhonism, and Stoicism.
This is just a reminder that we get to choose what states of being we wish to exist in, and that change is possible.
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