Amor Fati translates to “A Love Of Fate". This is the stoic practice of loving everything that happens.
This is one of the toughest stoic principle to adopt. I personally struggle with this one daily — However I am very proud of how far I have come with this. Lets dive in.
The above quote by Epictetus sums up Amor Fati nicely. It reminds me of being grateful for everything without judgement. It is not an easy concept to grasp and it is even harder to practice. I am proud to say “while I have a long way to go, I have also come a long way with this principle".
The Stoics looked at it this way, when something happens that we wish had not, is it easier to change our own opinion and perspective or is it easier to change the event itself?
The answer should be obvious. The event lies in the past and our opinion is in the present. So the real choice is to fight or accept what happened. Stoicism calls this the “art of acquiescence” – to accept rather than fight every little thing.
In his book The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday puts it this way:
“And the most practiced Stoics take it a step further. Instead of simply accepting what happens, they urge us to actually enjoy what happens, whatever it is.
Many Centuries later Nietzsche coined the perfect expression to explain this concept: Amor Fati ( A Love Of Fate). Again, it is not only accepting, it is loving everything that happens.
If you’ve been following the series, you remember “focus on what you can control, Accept what you can’t”
My coach and mentor James Arthur Ray taught me two valuable lessons lately.
The DOg Leashed to a cart
The Stoics used this "The dog leashed to a cart" metaphor to make it more clear,
Imagine a dog leashed to a moving cart. The leash is long enough that the dog has two options:
We are that dog. Either we make the best of the trip or we fight against every little decision the cart driver makes. One way is effortless and joyful, the other is exhausting and miserable. You choose.
Let put this into context for todays world. Covid-19 has brought a lot of unwanted life circumstances. HOW ARE YOU DOING? Are you resisting or embracing? Are you allowing the ever changing world (cart) to drag you (dog) in full resistance mode? Or are you letting some slack in your leash, keeping up and doing your best to enjoy the journey?
I’ll be honest (there no benefit in lying to ourselves or denying the truth) I still struggle with this in and off — But with the proper coaching and mentorship I am gaining the tools necessary to adapt and enjoy as opposed to resist and fight.
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