Daily Stoic | Think Before I Act

“For to be wise is only one thing—to fix our attention on our intelligence, which guides all things everywhere.”

— HERACLITUS

Do I get ‘triggered‘? Definitely, many times.

When I hear an opinion that is presented as unquestionable fact, I could tear my hair out. I sometimes become unable to type down my comment and prepare to receive so much online backlash. But before I hit enter, I would contemplate on whether or not this is worth it.

Is it worth it to get into a fight online?

Is it worth it getting stressed of waiting for a reply while constantly pressing F5?

Is it worth losing my peace of mind?

And when I go through that thought process, I click ‘back’ or close the tab and do other things online. Because the stress isn’t worth it.

In the past few months, I have been training my restraint, to be patient before I do something so that I know that I could control or at least manage the consequences of my actions. And this brief moment of thinking helps a lot in keeping my anxieties at bay, because the factors that contribute to them are removed or ignored.

Thinking before I act is important, because it ensures that I am level-headed before doing anything I might regret.

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